News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 10, 2013

Turkey Run State Park without popular bridge for summer


Associated Press

---- — MARSHALL, Ind. — Visitors to Parke County, Indiana’s Turkey Run State Park are having to go the long way to reach many of its scenic hiking trails because a 202-foot-long suspension bridge is closed for repairs.

Park officials say the wooden-plank pedestrian bridge over Sugar Creek was damaged during April flooding when a tree hit it, cracking structural supports and pushing it sideways. Nearly $220,000 has been set aside to complete repairs by Labor Day.

Park naturalist Barbara Tibbets tells The Indianapolis Star that the closure has led many visitors to hike along other trails in the park about 30 miles northeast of Terre Haute.

A covered bridge remains open on the park’s eastern side to reach the trails north of Sugar Creek, with a shuttle bus available from the nature center.

— Associated Press