A Look at Some Great State Parks to Enjoy In Indiana

James Logie

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Have you taken the time to explore Indiana? If it's been a while, there are a lot of hidden gems when it comes to its state parks.

Indiana offers a lot of variety based on its location, and there are different types of terrain all over the state.

Even though there are many magnificent state parks throughout Indiana, it would be impossible to cover them all. This will be a quick look at a few great options that are out there waiting to be explored.

Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park is a historic park in Indiana. This is a superb choice for all the trails that it offers.

All the different trail options make Turkey Run State Park the ideal place for those who like to be active.

Not only are there regular hiking trails, but running trails, forest trails, and others. Depending on your activity level, you will find a trail to suit you.

If you're looking for something more adventurous, you can choose a hiking trail. But if you want to just enjoy the scenery; a normal forest trail may be more to your liking.

There is a $7.00 fee for in-state license plates and a $10.00 fee for out-of-state.

Shades State Park

This is the state park to come to if you're looking for some peace and quiet and to get back to nature.

The landscape in Shades State Park is quite unique. It features sandstone cliffs which will give you magnificent views. There are also shadier ravines and a lot of great natural forests.

The unique landscapes provide various options if you are looking for some hiking trails. But it's the peaceful setting that draws most people in.

At Shades State Park, you will find hikers of different levels, but also canoeists making use of the natural water.

You can come for the day, or stay and camp if you really want to get back to nature.

As of right now, there is a $7.00 fee for in-state and $9.00 for out-of-state.

Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park is a very popular park. As is indicated in the name, you will find waterfalls here.

This provides a variety of hiking trails. At Clifty Falls, you can find forest trails, and also waterfall trails.

This creates a unique hiking experience that you won't find everywhere.

Located in Jefferson County, this is a large park coming it at over 570 acres. It's a beautiful place to reconnect with nature and enjoy the splendor of the waterfalls.

Mounds State Park

Mounds State Park is the perfect place to go if you're looking to take a camping trip.

Many people report that this park is very clean and beautiful. It also can be challenging as it has a lot of stairs. But there are also lots of easy trails.

The trails will run down near the river which makes for an, even more, relaxing experience.

There are more than just the trails as Mounds State Park is a great place to come and enjoy a picnic with picnic tables available.

If you are looking for a break from the sun, there are shelters. This park even offers options for kids as it has a playground and pool.

All of these features make it great for a day trip--or a longer camping trip.

Summit Lake State Park

Summit Lake State Park is a great place to hike and go birdwatching. There is a lake and some of the trails will give you great views of it.

There are shorter trails at this park with people reporting that the longest one is around 2 miles long.

This is a great state park to enjoy a leisurely pace and appreciate the great outdoors. People report the trails can be enjoyed by younger kids and older people.

This makes Summit Lake State Park the ideal place for a wide variety of family members. Those who like wildlife may spot something, and birdwatchers say it's a great location.

Whether you hike, bike, walk, or just camp: Summit Lake is a great option.

Final Thoughts

One of the best things about Indiana State Parks is all the variety. There are so many great options no matter what you prefer to do.

If you are more adventurous; you can find parks that cater to you. If you just want to relax; those options are available, too.

No matter if you like forests, hills, lakes, or waterfalls: you can find all of them throughout Indiana's wonderful state parks.

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