2020 Hike #26 on June 13th at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville Indiana (Trail 1)

52 Hike Challenge

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

Tracy and I headed back to Shakamak State Park again for Hike #26! I started the 52 Hike Challenge at Shakamak, so I thought it would be fitting to return there at the HALF-WAY point!!! Yeah! I didn't complete the challenge last year, so I am excited about my progress this year.

Trail 1 is the first trail created at Shakamak State Park. As the description above states, it follows the shoreline of Lake Shakamak. The description also states the trail is 3.95 miles, but my iPhone logged our hike at 4.7 miles. We may have added a little extra walking back to the truck, but I'm not sure!

One of my favorite summer activities is to hunt for mushrooms and other fungus to photograph. Shakamak is the main location for most of my mushroom pics. I did find a few to photograph during this hike. Scroll down to check them out! If you would like to see my collection of mushroom pics, click here. We also came across a baby Raccoon and a Great Blue Heron.