2020 52 Hike Challenge ~ Hike #8 Blog on March 24

Shakamak State Park in Jasonville Indiana on Trail 7

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

Dexter and I have been "hunkered down" for several days and needed a few hours in the fresh air. We chose Shakamak again because it is closest to home, and there are 7 trails to choose from. Trail #7 was our trail of choice today. Trail 7 has no stairs and can also be used as a bicycle trail. It takes you through the woods that is just to the north of the entrance. It brings you close to IN-48, so it can get noisy. Even though it was muddy in a few places, we still enjoyed our hike.

This was our first springtime hike, and we discovered some color! Of course I took pics of the colorful stuff. Since it is now spring, I ditched the black and white pics and posted them in color. I took all the pics, including the close-up pics, with my iPhone. I used an app called Camera Plus. It dramatically improves the iPhone's ability to take clearer close-up pics. Scroll down to see the pics from this visit. Click here to see the Shakamak State Park photo gallery (which contains photos from previous visits to the park.)