2020 Hike #41 on September 12th at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville Indiana (Trail 3 & 4))

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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

Trail 4 was the last trail left at Shakamak that I had not blogged about. Trail 4 is an out and back trail, but you can include Trail 3 or Trail 6 to make it a loop. Tracy and I chose to start at the Campground. We then headed down part of Trail 3 until we reached the Lake Lenape boat ramp. At the boat ramp, we headed down the road to get back to the Campground. This made our hike 3.3 miles.

Trail 4 has a very steep stairway (just an FYI). These have recently been repaired, but they are still spaced oddly and are somewhat hard to climb. Several years ago, Tracy and I heard a Bobcat on this trail. It was pretty scary, and we avoided this trail for awhile afterwards!