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Shades State Park

7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989-8128
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Pine Hills Nature Preserve

Revisited this nature preserve after many years and it was as spectacular as I recalled. There is a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bloomington, Indiana
Excellent hiking trails

I really enjoyed this park. Loved listening to the sound of the running water. We went after a... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Kelly W
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7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989-8128
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Revisited this nature preserve after many years and it was as spectacular as I recalled. There is a brochure that will guide you along the trail and explain the unusual geological and botanical features. The trail registry box was broken, so get one from the...More

Thank cmeyer634
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed this park. Loved listening to the sound of the running water. We went after a rainfall, so some of the trails were pretty rugged. We had on mudboots, which were perfect for these trails. I recommend wearing them if it has rained...More

Thank Kelly W
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.

2  Thank photohiker
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...More

Thank JustUs919
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...More

Thank Robinv1963
Reviewed 8 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
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...More

5  Thank Ben H
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...More

1  Thank Michigan_Family3
Reviewed 18 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...More

3  Thank Corey W
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...More

Thank Evan D
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Is there a beach to swim riverfront if you don't want to hike?
25 July 2016|
Response from Steve M | Reviewed this property |
There's no beach. Short hike to the river (probably 1/4 mile ) where people swim.
Dave H
Yes are the sites at shades big enough for 2 tents?
31 July 2015|
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Response from Jenny201110 | Reviewed this property |
I think there is a camp ground inside or next to the park, however, I did not get in to look it. You may condider to call the park to ask.