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, 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.

hiking
2 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
3 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
5 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
5 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 :)

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

6 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Great advanced trails!

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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!!

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Its kewl

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