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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, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing, to boating, fishing, camping, and even some caving, ice skating, and toboggan 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. I'm certainly not a photographer, but I use my inexpensive point and shoot to capture images while I am there. Some of them I use and some of them I don't. For your enjoyment, I will post some of my extraneous photographs here for you to enjoy parks you likely have not visited.
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 mountain 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 cemetery, 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 northernmost 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 toboggan rides it offers.
It has a chalet style Inn with a roaring fireplace to enjoy as well.
Pokagon 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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