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Shades State Park, Waveland

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
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  • 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...  read more »
  • We enjoyed hiking through Shades Park for the first time. Trail #2 is a MUST! It's very rugged and gives us such an excellent hiking experience! 
  • Hello campers, as you may have read in previous reviews, I am a tent camper. Shades fits my requirements completely. First let me explain the park! The park is basically on the edge of nowhere leaving...  read 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.
  • First time I went alone, didn't explore much trails so I thought this park is alright. Went there the second time with friends and have to say this park is awesome, especially trail 4 "Rugged Section", it is super great! Recommended if you like beautiful landscapes and cool trails!
  • 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!
  • Great park! The hiking can be ruff with small kiddos but well worth the trip. Lots of natural water features and rock quarrys to boot!
  • Loved Shades! The trails were great and the park wasnt crowded!