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Shades State Park

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Address: 7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989-8128

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A Hidden Gem That Is Next To Shades State Park

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 November 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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.

1 Thank photohiker
Rockville, Indiana
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

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 sure to take the one down to Sugar Creek) but my favorite part of the park if the overlook of Sugar Creek. Step out on the end... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

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 backbone is our favorite which is a narrow path high above everything. It's a little scary but relatively safe. I wouldn't... More 

Thank Robinv1963
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

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!

Thank goodmankylet
Indianapolis, Indiana
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46 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

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 campers with no technology amenities. Verizon-no service, ATT- very spotty cell service and no data. The park is in a remote area on Sugar... More 

1 Thank Ben H
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176 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We decided to stop here after hearing about it from some family but we had no idea what we were in for. The trail to the Devil's Backbone was a good workout but you need to be very careful on the natural bridge and I wouldn't recommend taking small children as it's dangerous for them. Also there aren't any stores... More 

1 Thank Michigan_Family3
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Stopped here to camp on a cross country road trip. It is very remotely located; a curious wooded area in the middle of expanses of cornfields. Definitely very pretty, and the campgrounds are indeed in the "shades." Unfortunately, we got there at 6 on a Wednesday and it was devoid of human life. There was no ranger to check us... More 

3 Thank Corey W
Valparaiso, Indiana
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37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Despite the fact that shades has a primitive campground, it is a nice park to visit. The riverbed and sandstone make for an interesting hiking trail as it winds around sugar creek. Not a canoeing area in the park, but close to Turkey Run state park which is. Many forested landscapes are within the park. It is quite, unlike Turkey... More 

Thank Evan D
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

My family of seven stayed for two nights in the primitive campground. We stayed at site 63. The open spaces for tents were just big enough for our two (a 6 person with a porch and 8 person tent). Most of the other sites were pretty tight: Only room for one tent or two small ones. Our site was near... More 

Thank 162rachelv
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is a rugged (for Indiana) park. Lots of ridges and a good work out. Many of the trails are IN creek beds, so they can be wet and slippery. Most of the trails are rugged and so this is not a park for those who are out of shape. Most of the time, you might prefer walking with hiking... More 

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