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Shades State Park, Waveland

(4.8/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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  • The trailhead is located at the east end of Shades State Park. The trail crosses a road and enters the nature reserve. Several rock bluffs makes it photogenic. Not crowded at all when I was there. 
  • I love this state park. It doesn't have swimming pools, restaurants or snack bars. It simply has nature. Lots of beautiful, wood picnic areas, a small lake for fishing, fantastic walking trails (be su...  more »
  • My first time here was on my 3rd date with my husband so we go back occasionally. It's a very safe place yet pretty secluded so you don't have to worry about a large crowd of people. The devil's backb...  more »
  • Had a wonderful time camping here over the weekend, and I already can't wait to go again! We hiked mostly moderate/ easy trails this time and went through the nearby nature preserve, but I am eager to head back and try the more rugged trails! A must-see for anyone in the Midwest who likes hiking and outdoor adventure.
  • went their during summer! It's great for hiking and canoeing but only when the water is high. You can camp too!! It's beautiful
  • Great natural rock formations in the Pine Hills Nature Preserve. Can be busy on a Saturday with nice weather but is a little more off the beaten path than Turkey Run and just as great to explore.
  • Shades is a great place to come to. There's a lot to explore and look at. It's also a great place for somebody that wants a less busy version of Turkey Run.
  • This is probably my new favorite State Park in Indiana! I had no idea this place even existed until one of my employees went hiking with their boyfriend. She showed me some pictures and talked about how nice it was. So it was a nice day so we headed the 1.25 hours west to Shades. When we arrived it literally is in the middle of nowhere. Not being there before we just followed the road until we found a good place to park with access to some of the trails. What I liked is this park is small enough that you can access every trail in the park from any place that you park. The trails here are rugged. Even the "easy" trail has some obstacles that you'll have to climb over. Trail 2 and trail 7 will have you walking through a creek. We hiked for 2.5 hours and only were able to complete trails 1, 2, 6, & 7 with partial completion of 9, & 10. A lot of the hills have stairs with places to sit along the way in case its a bit much for you. There are also picnic areas at the start of trails 2, 6, 9, & 10 as well as an area just before you begin all the other trails (1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & backpack). It is not as busy as nearby Turkey Run (which is amazing) and the trails and views are just as amazing. I want to go back very soon and complete all the trails that we didn't get a chance to this past visit. GO! HIKE! You won't be sad that you chose Shades State Park!