with the cold weather finally settling in for the winter here in Indiana, my daydreams of hiking outside are back in full swing. endlessly look at pictures from the trails i got to experience last year and searching for the best state parks to check out in this coming here fills my free time. i am no experienced hiker by anyone’s standards, but i do enjoy being out in the woods with just a vague map and plans to go off the trails at some point in the day.
i got a late start experiencing hiking in Indiana last year but i did get to check out Turkey Run State Park, Salamonie State Park, and Shades State Park. all three had gorgeous trails and i definitely want to go back and visit them again in the next year.
i’ve been looking at some of those lovely lists online about top trails to experience in Indiana and this is one that is convincing me that i need to expand my range for places to hike. it’s a simple list of 12 parks, but the fact that they agreed and put Turkey Run as the best made me want to believe the rest of what they have to say.
first on my list for 2016 is Clifty Falls State Park. located in Madison, Indiana, it has roughly 14 miles of hiking trails that vary in difficulty and runs through different canyons and streams. it also features what seems like several different waterfall areas that just add on to the beauty of these trails and i love hiking in and around water so i think it would be perfect for me. the photos i have seen from the trails alone make me dream about wanting to hike here.
the next state park i really want to check out is actually not a state park but the Indiana Dune National Lakeshore. i have visited the Indiana Dunes on a couple different occasions, but never strayed far from the lake and the dunes immediately off the beach.
realistically, there are tons of other parks in Indiana that i can explore this year, but i just want to get some recommendations before i set out this spring. if any of you have a favorite place to hike in Indiana, please let me know in the comments below or connect with me on one of my other social media outlets! anywhere in the state would be perfect but if you have hiked any other amazing state parks in the surrounding states i would love to hear about that as well!
here’s to a year of exploration.