2020 Hike #31 on July 18th at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville Indiana (Trail 5)

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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

Hike #31 was a solo trip to Shakamak on Trail 5. The weather was hot and humid, and no one wanted to come with me! I don't blame them. Trail 5 is a newer trail. It appears to not be very popular from the amount of spiderwebs I encountered! It was also very grown up in places with only a very narrow trail. Yes, I found a tick on me when I got home from the tall grass brushing my legs on the narrow trail. 

The most interesting part of Trail 5 is the Lake Kickapoo dam. There were a multitude of wildflowers in bloom on the trail as well. Scroll down to see all of my pics! The next time I hike this trail, I will start on the east end and only hike to the dam and then turn around. I only have Trail 4 left at Shakamak to complete the entire park!