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Shades State Park 'Sugar Creek Bed' © Erin Parker
At the trails edge we walked out onto the quite dry sugar creek bed.
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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
'Sugar Creek Bed'
© Erin Parker 2008

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

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Shades State Park

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'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.

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'Pearl Ravine'

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

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'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.

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'Serene Stream'
© Erin Parker 2008

September 2008 Going uphill on the very-rugged trail

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'Shady shot'
© Erin Parker 2008

Same as another uploaded photo, different shot.

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'Trail'
© Erin Parker 2008

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© Erin Parker 2008

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'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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'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.

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'Valley'

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© Copyright Kelsey Tillema

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'Inspiration Point'

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

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© Copyright Kelsey Tillema

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Shades State Park

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
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)
Things To Do in the Area
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.
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.
89.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 22 Shades is the place to be!! by Keisa
I live in the city (Indianpolis) but when i can i escape to shades. I stumbled upon shades and it was the greatest adventure Id had. Its never to croweded always quiet, and the trails are beautiful! Turkey run isnt to far away and though its quite nice and popular it makes for crowded trails people yelling and no parking. I just love shades. Its my all time favorite!
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!


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