Pine Hills Nature Preserve Trail

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Pine Hills Nature Preserve Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waveland, IN that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 216 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

river

waterfall

Take Hwy. 231 south from Lafayette, or take 47 south from Crawfordsville to Hwy. 234; turn right and follow 234. The highway will turn to the north (right) just before the entrance to Shades State Park; keep following it and you will come to the Pine Hills Nature Preserve. You can park south of Deer's Mill covered bridge, or at the new trail head in Shades state park,off trail number 10.

hiking
1 day ago

A great place to enjoy Indiana's natural beauty.

18 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, clean, peaceful, scenic hike.

5 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice.

8 months ago

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.

11 months ago

1 year ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

i had seen a picture of the devils backbone on shades state park website, and had to check it out. it did not disappoint and was an awesome sight! we can't wait to take our friends back with us! although they did okay on this visit, we probably would not take our dogs with us next time.

hiking
1 year ago

If your at Shades after entering gate turn right and go to far north west parking.Devils Backbone is most technical portion, you need to cross the creek and climb up trail to cross it. It was pouring down on us that always adds a little extra sketchy factor.

hiking
2 years ago

Trail is likely 1.8 from the old access. It takes between 1/3 and 1/2 mile at least each way to get to the start from the parking but still a very pleasant hike. Nearly all in shade and a good hike with some climbing (too many stairs and not enough trails) and some pretty amazing rock formations you'd never expect there. My wife isn't much of a hiker and she was able to handle it no problem so likely will be more confident in taking on more challenging and lengthy hikes. Strenuous is over doing it. It isn't very tough. Fun.

hiking
2 years ago

A scenic well marked trail. Another guide book put the hike at 2.7 miles. Bring your water shoes and play in the river. One of the best short hikes close to Indy.