Parke County, Indiana Frugal Travel Guide?

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Turkey Run State Park, one of Indiana's first state parks, is located in Parke county. The county also boasts 31 covered bridges, and is known as the "Covered Bridge Capital of the World", a distinction celebrated annually with a festival in October. This is a page about visiting Parke county, Indiana.


Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

February 4, 2008

I am planning a budget-friendly trip to Parke County, Indiana to visit the beautiful and bountiful covered bridges in the area. I would like the 'inside scoop' on the best and cheapest places to stay, eat, and shop, etc. I sent away for brochures but would like to know about the places the locals consider the best since I like to travel the 'back roads'. Thanks for your help.

Annette from Auxvasse, MO


February 6, 20080 found this helpful

hello, I live about 45 minutes from the Covered Bridge Festival that happens every October place you don't want to go is to Rockville..things there are way toooo expensive..and terribly crowded..there is a place called Bridgeton that has a lot of nice booths and such, and also Dale's Follies..which also has many place to stay might be in Crawfordsville..the cost would be a lot less and it's only a 45 minute drive..we have some lovely bed and breakfast plaes as well as Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, days Inn...hope this helps some..and it's only my opinion...deb

By kayray (Guest Post)
February 6, 20080 found this helpful

I would suggest staying in Greencastle Indiana. There is a bed and breakfast there, and it is close to Mansfield and Bridgeton, where you will find wonderful festivals and bridges. Here is the contact daughter in law used to do nails at their spa, and the owner is a great lady who will help you find everything you are looking for - she knows all the back roads and events:


Victorian Day Spa & Inn
1245 South Jackson Street
Greencastle IN 46135
Phone: +1-765-653-5101

I agree that Rockville is very crowded, but if you stay in Greencastle and go during the week, you could visit it too. Greencastle is the home of Depauw University, and has some cute shops and restaurants, but nothing too fancy. Also, there is a great covered bridge out by my son's house that few people are even aware of! It is located off of US 40 in the Reelsville area, just down the road from the Big Walnut Baptist Church. If you decide you want to visit it, just post back here and I will give you more specific directions from whereever you decide to stay! I can also put together some additional info on restaurants and other attractions if you'd like. Let me know when you plan to take your trip and how long you plan to stay, as well as any other specific interests you have.


Enjoy Parke County - it is very lovely, especially in the fall.

By Stacy from El Paso, IL (Guest Post)
February 7, 20080 found this helpful

The inn at Turkey Run State Park is very nice. They have a great buffet for all meals or you can order off their menu. The park is beautiful and very clean. If you go when it is warm they have a very nice campground also.

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