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Full Name :   Keith Belzowski
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Age :   37
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State :   Indiana
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Shades State Park
sub-category : Backpacking
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Shades State Park is an often forgotten gem of Central Indiana because of it's big brother Turkey Run State Park. However, Shades offers much of the same landscape and canyons that it's big brother does but with fewer people to get in the way. It also offers a backpacking campground that is only reachable by a 2.5 mile backpack trail and a service road that the DNR only uses to deliver nightly firewood if you wish. There are about 6 camping locations in the backpack campground, an outhouse, and running water from a faucet outside for cooking and drinking. It is a great weekend backpack outing for seasoned backpackers or a great introduction to backpacking for kids or beginners. I highly recommend checking this out. You can day hike the regular Shades trails and canyons while you are there and also while you're there make sure you check out Pine Hills Nature Preserve which is right next to Shades. It offers some great views and canyons that in some ways I think are better than Turkey Run and Shades. You are sure to be one of the few there as well!
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I've been wanting to take the fam to Turkey Run but maybe this is worthy alternative. Great session!