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Shades State Park

23 Reviews

About This Campground

State Park

If you’re looking for the perfect camping destination to tell spooky stories around the campfire, Shades State Park is the place to do it. Just 16 miles southwest of Crawfordsville, the area’s original name was Shades of Death. This harkens to some of the grizzly legends from early settlement years…

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

Reviews

23 Reviews of Shades State Park

Ratings Breakdown

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Reviewed Aug. 6, 2021

Wooded Sandstone canyon with primitive camping.

Located north of turkey run state park shades offers all the hiking and scenic terrain with less amenities and less crowds. Sugar creek cuts through the ancient sandstone floor creating canyon walls. The park is connected to a nature preserve that dose allow backpacking but has designated camping…

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Month of VisitAugust
Angela S.
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2021

Peaceful and good hiking

I stayed for a night to do a self camping experience during the week. It was easy to find and had it not been for the raccons a great experience. Becareful with your food/ lock it inside car at night. Raccoons are ballsy and will climb all over to get what they want. They were however…

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Eric L.
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2021

Quiet and Secluded

I stayed at site 58 from Thursday through Sunday. As expected, the park was not busy at all, probably 30% full. Friday afternoon into the evening it began to fill up to capacity. Most sites are separated by trees or bushes making them fairly private. There are very few showers so timing will be…

  • #58 with lots of space
Site#58
Month of VisitJuly

Location

Shades State Park is located in Indiana

Directions

From the north: US 41 south to SR 234, then east on SR 234 to the entrance. From the south: US 41 north to SR 234, then east on SR 234 to the entrance. From the east: I-74 west to exit 52 (Jamestown/Advance). South about 3 miles to SR 234. Continue west for approximately 25 miles to the entrance. From the west: I-74 east to exit 15 (Veedersburg/US 41). South on US 41 about 12 miles to SR 234, then east on SR 234 approximately 18 miles to the entrance.

Coordinates

39.948028629999996 N
87.02401498283692 W

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About This Campground

If you’re looking for the perfect camping destination to tell spooky stories around the campfire, Shades State Park is the place to do it. Just 16 miles southwest of Crawfordsville, the area’s original name was Shades of Death. This harkens to some of the grizzly legends from early settlement years that originated under the area’s dark and foreboding forests. In the late 1800s, a health resort named “The Shades” was built on the site, taking advantage of the many natural springs in the area. Today, Shades State Park offers a pleasant and serene outdoor getaway among 3,000 acres of beech and oak woods and sandstone ravines, where Sugar Creek flows through and spills over small waterfalls. Open from April through October, the campground in Shades State Park offers 105 drive-in campsites, 7 hike-in sites, and 10 boat-in sites. The main sites are equipped with tent spaces, picnic tables and fire rings, and can accommodate trailers and RVs up to 55 feet. Hookups are not available in this park, but there is a dump station. A limited number of sites are ADA accessible. Facilities in the campground include drinking water, flush restrooms, hot showers, picnic areas and playgrounds, and sports fields. An amphitheater hosts seasonal nature programs, and ice and firewood are available to purchase onsite. Campsite rates range from $10–$24/night; hike-in and boat-in sites are first-come, first-serve. For exploring the area, more than 10 miles of hiking trails are available for exploring the Shades’ woods, waterways and canyons. Take a short, easy stroll along Red Fox Ravine, or more moderate hikes around Devil’s Punchbowl and Silver Cascade Falls. For more adventure, hike into the adjacent Pine Hills Nature Preserve on the east side of the park. Or, for a fun nighttime alternative, take a guided, full-moon hike with one of the park’s naturalists. Swimming and wading in Sugar Creek is not permitted, but you can cast a line for bass and bluegill, or visit one of the canoe outfitters outside the park to take a float down the creek.

Connection Details

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  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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