Public & State Parks


Whether it’s exploring one of the state parks or relaxing on the water, you’ll be able to enjoy a time where you can truly relax and experience the beauty that surrounds you in Parke County.  In addition, there are several public parks that feature playgrounds, ball fields, a community pool and shelters for a family picnic.


8121 E Park Rd

Marshall, IN  47859


Turkey Run State Park has what you've been needing. Explore it and see how Indiana was shaped by ancient forces.  A walk into one of the ravines takes you on a trip through time, for the sandstone gorges represent 600 to 300 million years of nature's handiwork.  Over 2000 acres of timber that provide hiking and bridle trails with a swimming pool, Nature Center, shelter houses, primitive to modern campsites, tennis courts, with an excellent source to fishing and canoeing.  Nature abounds this beautiful park in the northern part of Parke County.  Turkey Run State Park, the campground, and the Turkey Run Inn are all open year round. Some other activities may be closed or limited in the winter.

1588 S Raccoon Parkway

Rockville, IN  47872


Raccoon State Recreation Area is 4.065 acres with a 2,060 acre lake.  On the property you will find an Archery Range, Basketball Courts, Volleyball, Boating / 5 Launch Ramps, Camping fees: 250 Class A Sites, 56 Class B Sites, 50 Class C Sites, Youth Tent Areas, Camp Store, Cultural Arts Programs, Dumping Station, Fishing / Ice Fishing, Fishing Pier (open when water level permits) Hiking Trails, Horseshoe Pits, Hunting / Limited, Interpretive / Recreational Programs, Picnicking / Shelter houses Reservable, Playground Equipment, Rental-Fishing Boats, Swimming / Beach Waterskiing.

828 N. Marshall Rd
Rockville, IN 47872

This 400 acre hidden gem of Parke County, Indiana provides you and your family the opportunity to retreat outdoors to drift away from everyday routine.  Here at Rockville Lake Park our pride comes by offering our guests a variety of options to spend their leisure time in a clean and accommodating facility. Whether spending the day on the lake fishing from your craft or in one of our rental boats, enjoying our 18 hole disc golf course, walking on our nature trails, or just relaxing with the family at your campsite, our beautiful park will adhere to your needs!  Rockville Lake Park is a seasonal camping/outdoor recreation destination. Our camping season operates from the last weekend of March - October 31st.

7751 S 890 W

Waveland, IN  47989


Shades State Park is that peaceful place you've been looking for. Located about 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville (off S.R. 47), it is a favorite for hikers and canoeists.  The beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for your journey through this nature lover's paradise.  Adjacent Pine Hills Nature Preserve affords spectacular topography for those willing to take a fairly long hike.

Beechwood Park

Intersection of College & Pennsylvania Streets

Rockville, IN  47872

This town park in Rockville offers sport fields, playground and the historic Chautauqua pavilion.


The public pool was closed in 2014.  The Pool Fundraising Project has been ongoing since then and the new pool is now under construction.  Donations can be made to Parke County Community Foundation, Beechwood Park Pool Fund, PO Box 276, Rockville, IN  47872.  The new pool is due to open in August!  The new pool will include a children's pool, slide, and ADA accessibility.  A huge thank you to everyone that's made this dream a reality!!

Montezuma, IN


Montezuma is located has two parks, Aztec Park and Reeder Park.

Aztec Park has an area of playground equipment, tennis courts, a lighted basketball court, a pavilion, an array of baseball and softball fields around it and handicapped-accessible restrooms.  Reeder Park is located four blocks south of the caution light off State Hwy. 36 in Montezuma, on the Banks of the Wabash River.  Reeder Park offers electric and primitive camping.  It has two areas of play equipment, two pavilions, a public access site and handicapped-accessible restrooms.

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