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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.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

There is a rugged section to trail that is at least considered moderate.

Beautiful area for this part of the state. Went early and had the trail to myself, awesome!

11 days ago

11 days ago

Great advanced trails!

hiking
16 days ago

I'm not an experienced hiker or in the best physical shape, but I was excited to finish this loop hike. Beautiful views!

Get to trail via trail #10 of park and cross 234. Trail is easy until you get to preserve. Long drop offs at several points and opportunities to walk through creek instead of trail so bring aqua socks. A very nice trail with lots of shale rock. Crossing devil's backbone is always a treat and very narrow with steep drop off. An excellent hike.

hiking
23 days ago

Trail never disappoints! Less crowded than turkey run and just as pretty. Clockwise on loop and you'll do stairs down and walk up ravine/stream. Either way is great.

nice trail, most of the trail is easy, wide, and relatively flat. There is one fairly steep stair climb of about 4 stories, going down as you enter the nature preserve loop and climbing as you exit. There is another short, steep climb to the top of the devil's backbone. It's the best part of the trail so check it out if you can.

hiking
29 days ago

Really cool place for not being in the southern part of the state! really cool features, and not that bad of a walk!

great trail! have to park at shades off trail 10. 7 dollars for both parks