Pine Hills Nature Preserve Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waveland, Indiana 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.
dogs on leash
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.
the Devil's Backbone is the coolest part of the trail!
Love the place, in my top 5 for Indiana. A must see.
Favorite nature preserve in Indiana!
Great hidden gem in Indiana. The backbones are amazing. Some climbing required...
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 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.
A great Indiana trail. My son and I both enjoyed the Devil's Backbone. Nice views and changes in elevation.