Shades State Park is that peaceful place you've been looking for. Located about 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville (off S.R. 47), it is a favorite for hikers and canoeists. The beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for your journey through this nature lover's paradise. Adjacent Pine Hills Nature Preserve affords spectacular topography for those willing to take a fairly long hike.

A great place to enjoy Indiana's natural beauty.

We loved it. Really cool going over the backbones! A couple of places made me uneasy due to heights but absolutely a great hike! Definitely a Hoosier must!

Nice walk to Pine Hills preserve. Would rather walk this than drive after hiking the tougher trails in the park.

Nice trail, nothing I would consider hard. A few steps were pretty tall. A child or elderly person might need a little assistance on those, but otherwise a short and easy hike.

Hidden gem! Almost as majestic a hike as the nearby Turkey Run, but more challenging, and much less trafficked. We hiked in the morning on a Sunday and the place was very quiet and empty, we didn't see anyone else until we headed out. There is a longish hike-in part through some rather unremarkable flat wooded area until you get to the "good stuff" of the Devil's Backbone and Honeycomb rock, but it's worth the fuss. There is a fair amount of scrambling so wear good shoes, but doable for anyone in decent health.

This place is a gem with its babbling brook and sandstone walls.

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5 months ago

A great Indiana trail. My son and I both enjoyed the Devil's Backbone. Nice views and changes in elevation.

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5 months ago

Not a very interesting trail and buggy when we hiked it. Nature trail is great but this one isn't

Nice, clean, peaceful, scenic hike.

Fantastic Hike! Loved crawling to get up the Devils backbone. Beautiful preserve!

Really nice.

Great views and a hike if you want a short trail. There are no trash cans so be prepared to carry all trash and dog bags.

This is was beautiful and unexpected! Low traffic and peaceful. A great Indiana trail to add to your must do list!