Explore the most popular trails near Crawfordsville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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4 months ago

Beautiful trail. Our 9 year old son had a blast on this trail. Several small caves to check out and some beautiful waterfalls. Also very pet friendly

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Many massive rock cliffs. Feet get wet (thankfully, it was hot!) as you wander thru the creek bed. Refreshing waterfalls! Keep your eyes open for the funky mushroom varieties.

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5 months ago

Could only do a portion due to closed trails. Still decent.

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6 months ago

The views are beautiful. markings are a little confusing.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

I completed Trail #1 and #2 yesterday, and they were both great, pretty similar actually. Both are ravine trails, where the trail is essentially the stream bed. Hiking in a ravine stream bed is a really fun and unique hiking adventure. Walked away with an appreciation for the name of "Shades" -- the mid-day light is very different and beautiful down there.

Trail #1 features more shale rock in the trail, which is fun to walk on. Be sure to wear wear waterproof boots, and it's not a bad idea to keep a back-up pair of socks in your car for afterwards. It is still early in the season yet, but we didn't see any other hikers on the trail.

Protip: When you start out on the trail, and get to the loop, turn left, go down the stairs, and the first main attraction is the Silver Cascade falls, and then you'll hike up the ravine. IMO much better to go down those very steep steps than back up them.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great views, walked trails 1 & 2 yesterday and enjoyed each. Be sure to wear shoes or boots with good grip and expect to get your socks a little wet if they aren't waterproof! Overall enjoyed my Shades experience.

Friday, January 27, 2017

One of my favorite trails in my favorite state park!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Great view at Prospect Point. Fun easy hike.

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Beautiful views above Sugar Creek, trail heads down by stairs to Cascade Falls, and loops around using the ravine creek bed as trail to the Devils punchbowl. Gorgeous views of sandstone cliffs! After a few days of heavy rain there are usually two lovely waterfalls into the punchbowl. The trail then heads back up stairs and loops back around through more stairs. :) We have been taking our now 3-year-old on this trail since he could toddle around (just be careful on stairs!). We sometimes hook up on trail 6 off of trail 1 for more creek bed playing. :)

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Starting at the parking area it is a easy trail to get to inspiration and Prospect points overlooking Sugar Creek. Then descend approximately 60 steep stairs down to silver cascade waterfall. It is then a rugged hike along the ravine creek bed through sandstone cliffs, over rocks and fallen trees to get to the base of Devils Punchbowl. It is then many staircases and foot bridges to get back to the trail. It is not crowded and is passable with bigger dogs. Well worth the trip. Combine with trails 4/5/7 for more time and challenge.

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Great valley views, Devil's punch bowl beautiful gulley. Shades is a great park.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Attended the 2014 First Day Hike organized by IN DNR. Good turnout. No Snow. Temperature was in the
mid thirties with some sun. Hike was a little slow going with such a large group but enjoyed sharing the experience with fellow hikers. Took a moderate trail back to Inspiration and Prospect Points. A bluff overlooking Sugar Creek. Amazing views. Had good time we even brought our dog.

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A nice short hike that can be combined with other shorter trails.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nice short hike, we paired it with Trail #2. The waterfall is cool, although there isn't usually too much water. There are nice two vista points.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

We hiked several trail here in 1 day since none of them are very long. Trail 1 is a nice scenic easy trail. Surprisingly we found some fairly rugged trails here and spent several hours on them. In particular try trails 4 and 5 down to the river on 1 and back up the other.

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