Shades State Park Camping

Nov 19, 2020 11:59 PM

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For those of you who are looking for a great camping destination to share spooky stories around a campfire, Shades State Park is the best place to go. Open from April to October, Shades State Park campground provides 105 drive-in campsites, 10 boat-in sites, and 7 hiking locations.

The main sites are completed with picnic tables, tent spaces, and fire rings. Besides, they are able to accommodate trailers and RVs up to 55 feet.

Hookups are not available in Shades State Park. However, there is a dump station available. Also, there is a restricted number of sites that ADA can be accessed. The campground’s facilities include flush toilets, drinking water, picnic areas, hot showers, and playgrounds, as well as sports fields.


In addition, there is an amphitheater that hosts a seasonal nature program. Meanwhile, ice and firewood are only available for purchase on-site. Campsite fees start from $10 until $24 per night. Meanwhile, hikes and boat rides are based on first-come, first-served.

Shades State Park Cabin

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If you want to stay longer at Shades State Park, but camping is not your style, you can book a cabin at Sugar Creek Retreat. Sugar Creek Retreat comprises 2 unique properties adjacent to 3 City Parks including Shades State Park covering about 6,000 wildernesses.

The Farmhouse and Log Cabin cottages are surrounded by old forest in all directions. Therefore, it makes an extraordinary view and exploration of the unspoiled wilderness. You can take a stroll straight to the Shades State Park and Pine Hills Nature Preserve off the driveway for unspoiled beauty and hikes or a short drive to Turkey Run State Park or Raccoon Lake. Sugar Creek River holds a variety of water activities throughout the summer and the surrounding park holds events throughout the year.


The Rustic Log Cabin can sleep 8-10 people in three bedrooms alongside a modern kitchen and two upgraded bathrooms. Also, there is a convenient fireplace, wraparound porch, yoga loft, and a big 24x24 patio for stargazing and relaxing in one of the darkest spots in the Midwest.


The farmhouse can sleep 8 people in 2 bedrooms. It is completed with a modern kitchen and two fully equipped bathrooms. Besides, there is a nice wood-fired stove and a 16x12 terrace with lots of space to stretch out.


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