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“shades of death!”
Review of Shades State Park

Shades State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Waveland
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Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

The original name of the area was "shades of death," probably due to a deadly Indian battle fought by 2 Indian tribes almost to the last warrior. My wife and I transversed three trails 2: easy and one moderate. The moderate trail had lots of steps. We also drove through the campground and were greatly impressed by the grassy and shady tent sites there.
We were so impressed we bought n Annual Pass to Indiana State parks.

4  Thank mageith
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Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

We were finally able to hike at Shades. Trail 2 is the best trail in the park. We also did 1, 4 and 5. All were really good. I think they have better trails than Turkey Run which has always been my favorite. We have tried hiking there 2 other times and there were too many nats. This time there were none. Spent about 4 hours hiking. We will definitely be back. Note that all the trails we did are through creekbeds at some point. Trail 2 is best if you go down the hundreds of stairs that way you are hiking up the creek and waterfall. We did them all with a 7 yeat old and she loved them. Soooooo pretty.

2  Thank MrsB10152003
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Shades is about 15 miles to the east of Turkey Run, just off SR 234. The scenery is very similar to TR (they both have Sugar Creek bisecting them), yet Shades has several advantages.
1) It is the only state park that has a backpackers camp, which is a great place to introduce people to the sport since it has a pit toilet and water. There are seven sites at the end of the easy 2.5 mile trail (it's an out and back though you could use trail 8 for part of the trip). Just down the hill is a canoe camp site (also the only one in a state park I believe).
2) It is less crowded. Most people head to TR perhaps because it's a bit easier to reach or has a pool and horses to ride.
3) Pine Hills Nature Preserve is now an official part of the park. I won't say that either park's trails are superior as both offer some very nice and interesting trails, but this section of the park has some very unique geological and topographical features that should not be missed. It's somewhere near a 5-mile round trip if you start at the new parking lot out on trail 10. Don't let the first (and last) 1.5 miles fool you - treasure awaits you. :) NOTE: This trail and some others (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8) can be a bit challenging for small kids or those not in decent shape or with proper footwear. You'll swear it's more than 100' feet of elevation gain climbing all the stairs out of the Preserve's creekbeds.

Shades and TR are the jewels of Indiana dayhiking (not all the state is flat!). For those wanting similar but longer trails, there are a few in Hoosier National Forest (especially the Deam Wilderness area) and the Adventure Hiking Trail in Harrison-Crawford State Forest.

5  Thank Michael R
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Very quite and secluded park. Not as large as some of the other state parks, but very nice. Lots of limestone, and close to other theings too.

Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

One of the best places to go hiking around here. We really enjoy it and we are planning to go back often.

Thank JPAngarita
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