Hot Turkey Run + ADD NEW ROUTE
30 in Indiana Indiana80 Miles
on March 1, 2007
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Take Route 16 eastbound from Charleston, IL to Paris and Route 1 north. Take Route 1 to Route 36 near Chrisman then follow 36 eastbound to 41 north at Rockville, Indiana. Follow the signs east to Turkey Run State Park from 41.
From Turkey Run State Park I recommend making the loop described in the "West Central Indiana: Hwy 234 & Sugar Creek Canyon (IN)" section of MotorcycleRoads.com.
Most of the scenery on the Illinois portion of this route is farmland. The Indiana portion provides elevation changes, twisty roads through thick forests and small towns for the occasional respite. Turkey Run State Park has incredible scenery if you just take the time to get off the bike and explore. It's loaded with gorges and ravines and plenty of great nature trails.
Route 16 eastbound from Charleston, IL is fair to Kansas and Route 49. From Kansas to Paris on 16 the road is smooth and features some high speed curves near Paris. Route 1 north from Paris is smooth and well-maintained all the way to Route 36 with a few curves to break the monotony. 36 eastbound has some rough patches and is predominantly straight. Once one reaches Dana, IN the road begins to get twisty and the surface improves. 41 north from Rockville is smooth and fast with some nice twisty bits but watch out for slower traffic. Heading east towards Turkey Run State Park the road is smooth and entertaining.
From Turkey Run State Park I recommend making the loop described in the "West Central Indiana: Hwy 234Sugar Creek Canyon (IN)" section of this website!
There are plenty of small towns with some remarkable cafes and restaurants. There are also canoe trips and if you take in Turkey Run State park in Indiana, you'll have a great selection of things to do such as tubing, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, camping as well as some nice roads within the park for driving.
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