Indiana State Park Pictures

A Look Around the Indiana State Parks

Like most states, Indiana has a number of state parks, each offering its own unique landscape and taste of nature. Most of these parks offer a variety of activities from hiking, bicycling, horse back riding, mountain biking, and cross country skiing, to boating, fishing, camping, and even some caving, ice skating, and tobaggon rides.

Sometimes what we really want though are just some pictures. Whether we want the chance to escape in our mind even when we can't physically go there, or we want to decide if a particular park is a place that we want to visit, having a picture helps.

Being a resident of the state, I have of course been to most of the parks in Indiana. For your enjoyment, I will post some of my photographs here for you to see. I can't feature every park, simply because there are too many. You can find more of my pages dedicated to Indiana State Park pictures at the bottom of the page.

Two things to keep in mind while you browse. One, I am not a professional photographer, and have only a small point and shoot camera. Two, because I will only use photos I haven't used for other purposes, these aren't my best shots. However, hopefully you will still enjoy them! You can see more of my nature and outdoor photos on Flickr.

Brown County State Park

Brown County is a very large state park. It's located near both Nashville and Bloomington Indiana. It's rolling and heavily wooded with a couple of lakes. It's especially popular in the fall when leaves are turning. It has many miles of both hiking trails and moutain bike trails.

I was there in the fall of 2009. Leaves were not quite at their peak but you'll get an idea of the fall beauty that exists there in these photos. Hope you enjoy them!

Brown County State Park Pictures

Turkey Run State Park

No collection of Indiana State Park pictures would be complete without including Turkey Run. The park is bordered by Sugar Creek which provides canoeing and kayaking fun. It has a suspension bridge which you will see pictured below. It takes visitors to most of the hiking trails from the inn and picnic areas.

The park is rolling and wooded with a number of ravines to explore. This provides some challenging hiking especially in spring when waters are high. There is also an 1800's "mansion" to tour and an old covered bridge as well.

This park is located southwest of Crawfordsville, Indiana. The pictures below were taken in late May 2009.

Turkey Run State Park Pictures

Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park is in the southern part of Indiana, just west of Madison near the Ohio River. It's a lovely park that features several waterfalls and hiking that is particularly challenging when water levels are high.

There are a number of steep hikes and trails that will take you along the stream bed. Overall the trails are a bit rugged as they are strewn with large rocks, roots, and such. The inn provides a lovely view of the Ohio River.

The pictures below were taken in June 2009 when water was not so plentiful.

Clifty Falls State Park Pictures

McCormicks Creek State Park

McCormick's Creek State Park receives a bit less traffic than Brown County or Turkey Run State Park. It's also in the southwestern part of the state and is rolling with canyons, caves, and streams to explore.

This Indiana state park lies between Bloomington and Spencer Indiana. This Indiana State Park has more than 10 miles of hiking trails as well as bridle trails.

The pictures I took here, were taken in mid-September 2009.

McCormicks Creek State Park Pictures

Spring Mill State Park

This Indiana state park is located in the southern part of the state. It has more than camping, hiking and mountain biking. It also has a historic pioneer village, a grist mill, pioneer cemetary, caves to explore, and more.

Spring Mill State Park provides moderate hiking in a wooded terrain, an Inn, and swimming pool. The pictures you see below were taken in the summer of 2009.

Spring Mill State Park Pictures

Shades State Park

 Shades State Park is located outside of Crawfordsville, Indiana along Sugar Creek. It features a number of deep ravines which run up from the creek. Many of the trails travel these creek beds providing some interesting views, a cooling effect on hot summer days, and some slippery footing. Ladders are used along a number of trails to get up or down some of the hollowed out areas within the ravines.

The pictures you see below were taken in early to mid June, 2009.

Shades State Park Pictures

Indiana Dunes State Park

Situated at the northern most point of Indiana is Indiana Dunes State Park. It provides some very rugged hiking due to the deep sand and moderately steep climbs involved on some of the trails.

This Indiana State Park incorporates part of the Lake Michigan southern coastline, giving visitors access to a wide sandy beach as well as sand dunes, wooded areas, and marshes.

The pictures you find below were taken on Labor Day (early September) 2009.

Indiana Dunes State Park Pictures

Pokago State Park

Pokagon state park is best known for it's winter time activities although it provides hiking, boating, fishing, and more. It's known best for ice skating and most of all for the tobaggon rides it offers.

It has a chalet style Inn with a roaring fireplace to enjoy as well.

Pokago lies in the northeastern part of the state, near Auburn Indiana. The pictures you see below were captured in late summer 2009.

Pokagon State Park Pictures

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Kay Creates 6 years ago from Ohio

Beautiful parks. I've never had the chance to visit Indiana State parks. I've driven by the Dunes on the turnpike but didn't have time to stop. Hopefully someday I will get a chance to explore Indiana.


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BrianS 6 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I love parks like these, getting back to nature and enjoying what she has to offer. A very nice photographic record of whats available as well. Nice hub.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Wow! And what a statement you make about looking after our beautiful planet Thank you for these :-)


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Daddy Paul 6 years ago from Michigan

Nice pics!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Excellent hub and great pictures. I live in Illinois about 10 miles from the Indiana border and have been to Turkey Run, and go to Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife area, which includes J C Murphey Lake. I fish there about once a week.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I love to camp and explore. This looks so inviting.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I am impressed with all picture above. Until I can't blink my eyes. Very informative and beautiful place. I have seen this only in my calendar and television. Good work, my friend.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Omg, these pictures are wonderful. What a great hub! Rated up, bookmarked and stumbled. :)


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

OMG! I am moving! lol Oh I would never get bored running among all that scenery!! Soooooo beautiful!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

What an awesome collection of photos and what fantastic parks.

Thanks for sharing these.

Love and peace

Tony


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Stunning pictures and nice narrative mulberry1. Every one of these would be suitable for submission to photography contests, Indiana State magazines and calendars! Have you ever thought about submitting them? Look in Photographer's Market if you're interested. It's a comprehensive listing of where and how to sell your photos! You are good, really good. Seriously.


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jeri741 6 years ago from Lancaster, Ky

I grew up in Indiana and still visit Brown County


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

For a non-professional, your shots are amazing! You have a great talent and you really brought out the beauty of the place. Love the one on the long bridge.


hannha  5 years ago

nice


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

Beautiful photos. I live in Hammond, Indiana and have never heard of any of these places except the Dunes. I wish I had more time to go exploring.

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