Pine Hills Nature Preserve Trail

HARD 93 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
196 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

nature trips
14 days ago

Great trail with some good views! With the exception of climbing over two 4-5 foot rock bluffs and one steep downhill climb the rest of the trail was moderate.

hiking
22 days ago

This was a great hike! Would definitely go back.

3 months ago

Just came off trail and it was fantastic. One of my new favorite places. A must see. It just rained two days ago and the water in the creeks was running fast something to definitely see and do. Going back tomorrow and adding in a couple shades trails.

hiking
7 months ago

So much beauty. This first nature preserve in Indiana gives us all a glimpse into what the forest should look like. The other areas: Devil's Backbone, Honeycomb Rock, The Slide, etc. are amazing. This is one of my favorite hikes in the state of Indiana.

hiking
8 months ago

Started in a mist of rain but finished up with a little sunshine. Shale was slippery after the rain near the creek. Walked the little creek all the way to sugar Creek.

hiking
10 months ago

Hidden gem! Scenic forest, cliffs, stream. Lots of stairs. Extremely steep drop offs on Turkey Backbone and Devils Backbone. Like, if you misstep or lose your balance you will die. Legit. Be very attentive to children.

hiking
10 months ago

Really enjoyed Devil's Backbone, great payoff even if it was just a short part of the trail. Really fun, and you can easily loop back and do it again :)

11 months ago

love the beauty and serenity of this preserve! The views from Devil's Backbone are spectacular!

hiking
11 months ago

First time here and hiking for that matter. It was a great day, the park was beautiful. We got there a little late in the day and it was somewhat busy, but not bad for a holiday weekend. I imagine we will be going back.

11 months ago

great hikes..the only problem is they are short hikes per trail..we did all 10 trails...took all day..beautiful scenery

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great advanced trails!

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

All trails were great with very little traffic. We hiked #10, #2, #7 & #1.
We had a bonus too this past Sunday May7 with free entry!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This place is so underrated. If you want good hiking and are planning on going to turkey run, you should seriously consider going the Shades instead. This park get so much less traffic. Great for a quiet hike.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Amazing. Starts off with an easy stroll, then a taste of ridge with turkey backbone, then head left and check out the incredible devils backbone. Absolutely gorgeous. I do recommend doing the backbone first, then looping down to honeycomb rock. Descending the backbone in reverse is a bit tricky. Gorgeous views!

hiking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Awesome! Great adventure...Devil's Backbone is totally worth it.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

the Devil's Backbone is the coolest part of the trail!

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Its kewl

backpacking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Love the place, in my top 5 for Indiana. A must see.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Favorite nature preserve in Indiana!

backpacking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Great hidden gem in Indiana. The backbones are amazing. Some climbing required...

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

A great place to enjoy Indiana's natural beauty.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

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
Thursday, November 03, 2016

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
Friday, September 30, 2016

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.

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