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Shades State Park

7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989-8128
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Perfect Day trip!

A big part of me does not want to review this park. Frankly, because I would like to keep it the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Connersville, Indiana
Nice, small park

We hiked at Turkey Run the day before, and this park was much less crowded but still had a nice... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Charleston, Illinois
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7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989-8128
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A big part of me does not want to review this park. Frankly, because I would like to keep it the secret that it appears to be. this park offers a beautiful setting for a day of hiking and beautiful trails. The trails snake through...More

Thank Thurston1014
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We hiked at Turkey Run the day before, and this park was much less crowded but still had a nice variety to the trails. We enjoyed it very much. Our only complaint was that we could hear gunshots, which we assumed were from a nearby...More

Thank ann12339
Reviewed 3 October 2017

There is NO electricity at this park and it is very isolated. It is the best for those who like the solitary camping style and don't mind using camp facilities. VERY isolated but very nice!!!!

Thank Rae Ann P
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Shades State Park in Waveland, IN is a great place to go for a nice walk in the woods. There are gullies and washouts and a creek you can walk through and along. The views are plentiful and picture worthy. I recommend you get a...More

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Had 2 campsites for 1 night. Had 6 adults and 2 children. Very clean and nice sites. Bathrooms were also clean. Did a trail hike and it was beautiful.

Thank JenHwrd1223
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I've been to Turkey Run State Park and I recently visited Shades which I enjoyed more. The trails were less crowded and the experience was practically similar. However, if you have a chance go to both because they are equally as enjoyable. Devil's Backbone is...More

Thank Explorer417
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Shades State Park has rugged trails that are beautiful to see the landscape. Do recommend wearing hiking boots on the rugged trails and especially after it rains. On our hike we took trail 5 down to where it meets up with trail 4 by Sugar...More

Thank Renee P
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Enjoyable trails for our kids ages 17-7. There are not many services in the park so be prepared to bring in water and food. It was a broiling hot day when we visited and needed all the water we had. Don't overlook this park when...More

1  Thank John R
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

We spent several days at Shades tent camping with our kids (10 & 7) and loved it. The campsites are primitive so campers don't come. It's quiet and so beautiful. There is a trail head from the campsite area that connects to some of the...More

Thank Allison W
Reviewed 3 July 2017

I love Shades and Turkey Run for the awesome nature and rugged hiking experience. The canoeing is pretty good too. This time my daughter and I decided to canoe for the day and set up tent for overnight. It was an excellent day on the...More

1  Thank mamadukes2017
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Kamara C
2 August 2017|
Response from Renee P | Reviewed this property |
IN State Park usually allows one vehicle per camp site. Additional parking is in a designated area. As for water I believe there is a faucet by the restrooms and showers. There is one across from the dump station area.
25 July 2016|
Response from Steve M | Reviewed this property |
There's no beach. Short hike to the river (probably 1/4 mile ) where people swim.