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Shades State Park
SHADES STATE PARK
SHADES STATE PARK
Route 1 Box 72
Waveland, Indiana   47989

Phone: 765-435-2810
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 765-435-2810
Shades State Park

Shades State Park

Shades State Park
'Sugar Creek Bed'
© Erin Parker 2008

At the trails edge we walked out onto the quite dry sugar creek bed.

Shades State Park
'Valley'

Shades State Park

Shades State Park

Shades State Park

Shades State Park

Shades State Park

Shades State Park
'Serene Stream'
© Erin Parker 2008

September 2008 Going uphill on the very-rugged trail

Shades State Park
'Shades'
© Erin Parker 2008

This photo was taken in September 2008. The photo has not been edited besides the change in size from its original resolution.

Shades State Park

Shades State Park

Shades State Park
'The Devils Punchbowl'
© Copyright 2007-2009 Photography by Tim A. DeVore. All rights reserved.

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Photographed at Shades State Park on 07/21/2007. This photo has been featured in Weird US, Weird Indiana edition and is the first full page photo in the book.

Shades State Park
'Eastern Tiger Swallowtail'
© Copyright 2007-2009 Photography by Tim A. DeVore. All rights reserved.

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Photographed along Sugar Creek at Shades State Park on 07/21/2007.

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Shades State Park
© Erin Parker 2008

Shades State Park
'Trail'
© Erin Parker 2008

Shades State Park
© Copyright Kelsey Tillema

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Shades State Park
© Copyright Kelsey Tillema

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Shades State Park

Shades State Park
'Shady shot'
© Erin Parker 2008

Same as another uploaded photo, different shot.

Shades State Park

Shades State Park

Shades State Park
'Inspiration Point'

Located on trail 1, the Point affords a a view of Sugar Creek and Canoe Island far below.

Shades State Park
'Canyon Floor'

On the canyon section of trail 2, you hike along boulders and past cliffs completely carpeted with moss.

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'Maidenhair Falls'

An interesting waterfall in a pristine setting, it is located on trail 2.

Shades State Park
'Pearl Ravine'

Trail 2 winds along the bottom of Pearl Ravine and is very rugged.

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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Nature Programsyes
CampingPrimative, #105
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
* Non-Electric / 105 sites * Youth Tent Areas * Dumping Station
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Boats and RVs
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
60.2 miles from park*
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
89.6 miles from park*


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* Picnic areas w/shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Hiking Trails * Fishing * Interpretive Naturalist Services (Seasonal)
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Cox Ford Recreation Park Go-Kart Track - Bloomingdale, INAmusement
Located in beautiful Parke County, Indiana near Turkey Run State Park. Our Go-Kart track is located on Cox Ford Road. We have twelve karts eight singles and four double, for your pleasure and fun. Located in area where people can get away from the hustle and bustle of city traffic, noise and congestion.
Web Site: coxfordrecpark.com
12 miles from park*
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
89.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 17 STAR GAZING PARADISE
WE ARE PLANNING OUT 2012 CAMP TRIP TO SHADE SECOND WEEK IN JUNE. I HOPE OUR FAVORITE SITE IS NOT TAKEN. HOEP THEY GOT LARGER PICNIC TABLES.
January 19 My Escape by Austin L.
10pm in the middle of January and here I am on the Shades website planning my trip(s) this coming summer with butterflies in my stomach. Enough said.
September 29 by deb steele
just spent a week camping at Shades....just beautiful and peaceful. very recommended!!! large camping spaces! will be back next year for sure. thanks to all the friendly staff we met.
September 19 Great place to camp and explore by Tim W from Evansville
May 12 YES PIECE AND QUIET
WE COME YEAR AFTER YEAR AND ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE. WOULD RECOMMEND LARGER PICNIC TABLES. I DO HAVE TO SAY THAT MY HUSBAND GOT OUR BACON BACK WITH THE RACCOON TRIED TO TAKE OFF WITH IT. LAUGHED SO HARD I CRIED. VERY MEMORABLE TIMES AT SHADES STATE PARK. KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR THE GHOST A FRIENDLY GHOST CAME TO VISIT US.
April 23 So beautiful I want to cry... by A. Scott
My husband and I came here for the first time in the spring of last year and absolutely fell in love with the place. We were trying to steer clear of crowded, commercialized parks and this was just the place for us! Everything is so untouched and beautiful, like being in a different place in time. The camp sites are, for the most part, wooded and private. There are plenty of water supplies, trail heads, and vault toilets nearby each site and the sites themselves are rustic the way they should be! . This is a perfect place to get away from it all. The only thing we would change about it is we wish there was a shower house at the end of the sites, closer to Raccoon Run or Rookery Ridge. Other than that we hope this park never changes and we look forward to coming back year after year.
August 31 Awesome
Winner winner chicken dinner!
May 23 peace and quiet by Matt S
I love Shades its very private. I love I can walk all day and rarely see a person. Its the perfect getaway you can fish, hike, camp. They also have great playgrounds for the kids. Last but not least the park workers, rangers, maintenance, etc. They do a awesome job keeping the park in tip top shape. Thank You and keep up the good work.
May 10 Amazing by Sheefels
My husband proposed to me at Shades in racoon run... It was a rainy yet beautiful day. We visit this park every year the same time for the peace and love of nature. I hope only the people who truely love nature, building a camp fire without fire starter, and peace and quiet vist Shades. Love it! Best place ever
April 19 You can see every single star in the sky by coldnoze
April 14 Great Family Times!!!! by Joy Dunham
My dad took my brothers, his girlfriend and I there years ago and it was AWESOME! Great scenery!!! Very quiet and great for friends and family!!! Cant wait to go back soon!!!
February 22 Beautiful by John Allen
I have been visiting Shades now for over thirty years. What I love the most is that very little has changed. It still holds that primitive charm that first attracted me there. An Indiana treasure to be sure.
November 23 I love this park. by BSA T. 251 Asst. Scoutmaster
I was a Boy Scout for as long as I can remember, and I have camped at many campgrounds, recently I graduated from Boy Scouts and decided to stick around and help out, I am glad I did. My troop stayed at Shades last weekend, Nov 20-22, and everyone loved it! the trails are amazing, the absoluted best I have seen in Indiana, and Michigan. the campsites we stayed at, Youth, were clean and well maintained, though a little swampy at the north edge. there was plenty of room for star gazing, tents and games- all at once! The ravines(ladder trails) were amazing, devils puch bowl made me feel like a little kid, high on exitement. Beautiful waterfalls rewarded us for the hike down the creek. On our we took a trail with only one ladder from the play ground, found sugar creek, got onto a large area of river stones, and found this pile of rocks, about 6 ft. high and 3-4 Ft. around. I will come back someday and the troop is already making plans to do so.
August 25 Quiet and Peacful
Awesome park. Will recommend it highly. The trails are wonderful!
August 13 Great Park
I really enjoyed camping here, Sugar Creek is very close if you like canoe/ kayak (within a mile) We did the 15 mile trip. I went over 4th of July weekend and had a very good time - not noisy although their were tons of people. The sites have plenty of trees and are fairly private. Try not to forget anything though, b/c there is not anything very close. We are planning our next trip back in about a month. I would be careful about food though, for some reason this has been the worse park for racoons that I have been to this year.
July 13 GREAT PLACE TO GET AWAY by BRIAN B
I LOVED IT EVERYONE IS NICE WILL TELL PEOPLE TO GO THERE ATLEAST ONCE IN THERE LIFE
April 3 Stay Away!
I really hope the 2.5 mile hike keeps people away from this perfect getaway/hideaway. My best friend turned me on to this place 2 years ago. Thanks Matt!
February 26
October 26 The woods loves tree huggers, sorry.
September 14 Lovely by APG
good hikes, peaceful, not crowded, no liberals
August 25 Backpack to Site by Sedona
We enjoyed the 2.5 mile hike back to our campsite. It is the perfect weekend getaway and we will definately return next Summer. :)
July 17 Favorite Hikes from long ago by Bill Leavenworth
This was my favorite destination by car or canoe, back in the 50s and 60s. Summers in high school and on college vacations, here our gang gravitated for picnics, hikes, parking (summer nights in high school) and generally growing up in the appreciation of a local natural wonder.
July 13 One of my favorites!
I love this park! I have been going for several years and always find something new. Near Turkey Run and Raccoon Lake. Go you will not regret.
June 13 Beautiful Nature by Jacob Moore
This state park is awesome!It has spectacular waterfalls and beautiful views of Sugar Creek.It also has spectacular canyons.This is a state park you must see.
June 13 Heaven by Derek
This is the most peaceful place that you can possibly be at. If I could go to one place it would be shades.
May 29 Great family trails by Debbie
Great camping, clean facilities. The best part had to be the trails. I was 6 months pregnant and we had our 8 year old son with us, and the trails were passable by all of us. The trails were also clean and well maintained. We had a map with the description of each trail...we plan to go back this year and finish the rest!
May 8 Quite Camping
This is the only place my husband and I camp when we want to get away from it all. Very quiet and peaceful campsite! Even at 9 am. We love it!
April 25 Nature lovers dream by Arhoun Willowwlof
This park is a nature lovers dream. The trails are great and the usage of the park is low. There are some days you will not see a soul. Just you and nature. Peace and solitude.
April 13 Peaceful and Serene by Renee K.
Although it only carries B campsites, it is nonetheless one of my favorite parks. I especially enjoy the crystal falls trail.


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