2020 Hike #11 on April 11th at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville Indiana (Trail 6)

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General Info

Shakamak State Park is an Indiana State Park. It is located at 6265 WEST STATE ROAD 48 in JASONVILLE Indiana.

Shakamak's main attraction is its excellent fishing. Shakamak has several outdoor recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, paddle boating, row boating, camping, fishing.

It is one of my favorite places to hike. There are 7 hiking trails. Click here for a map of the park.

DESCRIPTION OF HIKING TRAILS

1. MODERATE (3.95 miles)—Begins and ends near the pool area and follows the shoreline of Lake Shakamak. This is an interesting trail on which to see waterfowl and shorebirds.

2. MODERATE (1.50 miles)—Joins with Trail 1 east of the pool parking lot and proceeds through an oak forest and pine plantings, past an abandoned coal mine and returns to Trail 1, south of the group camp.

3. MODERATE (1.40 miles)—Trail 3 goes through oak woods along the north shore of Lake Lenape, to the camp store (formerly the saddle barn). Native white-tailed deer have been observed on this trail.

4. MODERATE (1.60 miles)—Joins with Trail 3. Goes through oak trees and pines. Bridges and stairs add to the beauty. This trail takes you out to the campground.

5. MODERATE (2.2 Miles)- Hike along the scenic shore and Dam of Lake Kickapoo. Take in the beautiful aquatic view of Lake Kickapoo while bird watching for waterfowl and shorebirds.

6. EASY MULTI-USE (1.08 miles)– This multi-use trail can be used for hiking or biking. There are no bridges or stair structures. The trail winds through an oak and pine forest.

7. EASY MULTI-USE (1.60 miles) – This multi-use trail can be used for hiking or biking. There are no bridges or stair structures. The trail winds through an oak and pine forest, and white-tailed deer have been observed on the trail.

My visit

If you are wondering why I keep going back to the same few hiking spots, it's due to the Pandemic. I just don't feel comfortable driving long distances and hiking trails that I'm not familiar with right now. Hopefully, I will be able to go to some new places soon! At least there are pretty wildflowers to photograph right now!

Dexter and I were practicing safe social distancing on Trail 6 during this visit to Shakamak State Park. Trail 6 used to be a horse trail (back when Shakamak had horses). It has been re-purposed as a hiking and biking trail. There are trees down across the path in several places, so if you are thinking of biking this trail, you will be hulling your bike over the downed trees. Since it used to be a horse trail, it is wider than most hiking trails. We didn't meet up with anyone on the trail, but if we had, the trail allows for safe social distancing. 

The description listed above for trail 6 states that it is only 1.08 miles long, but Dexter and I parked in a more secluded spot and walked down the walking path to get to Trail 6. My iPhone tracked 3.1 miles for us. Dexter was a tired doggy!

Scroll down to see the pics and video from this visit. Click here to see the Shakamak State Park photo gallery (which contains photos from previous visits to the park.)

A watering hole along trail 6