Shades State Park Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marshall, Indiana that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Shades State Park is a great place to hit some what I would consider rugged trails for a state park. Trail 8 offers some difficult terrain with rocks to navigate through as well as a small creek to walk through. It connects with other trails nearby so you can create a route any distance you want.
Beautiful, mysterious, peaceful, and scenic!
Fun trails. The ravines are fun to hike!
We enjoyed the scenery on this trail. With our 8-year-old and toddler in tow, we had a great time finding our way through trails 7 and 8 while keeping our feet dry (the baby backpack was a must for the little one for sure).
Lots of elevation change, most I've seen in Indiana outside of southern Indiana.
I love this park! It's got some wonderful trails that include ladder climbing. it can get a bit rough and some of the elevation inclines might be too much for some. Still, the beauty of it overlooking the river valley is something to see!
This is the place to go if you want to experience Turkey Run without the crowds. Just as beautiful, with a much larger dose of serenity.
Beautiful scenery with moderate inclines and declines. Expect to get shoes a little wet and muddy but not bad. Trail has minimal traffic on it and is well marked.
5 stars...perhaps conditionally.
Our Sunday morning hike was perfect conditions after a Saturday day-long downpour. The ravine portions had plenty of water, and we enjoyed the find-a-path-to-keep-dry-shoes challenge. Trail was nicely broken up by Sugar Creek — the water was so high it was nearly to the trail! — and some nice ravine views.
We went in late April, when green was starting to show. Lots of green as the ravine started spreading out nearing Sugar Creek. Felt like we hit the most lively spot you could see for hundreds of miles. Excellent hike for shaking off winter.
Trail 8 runs from the ridge down to the river and back up Shawnee canyon. Shawnee canyon was scenic and lives up to the name of dark and cool.