Shades State Park is an Indiana state park on 1,068 acres (430ha) in Noble County. The park was established to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for residents of the Northeastern part of Indiana, and it does so by way of a camping facility, picnic areas, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, paddle boat rentals, and nature center. It also preserves several historic resources from other eras; Old Fort Wayne provides historical context for the area’s natural features.
In all there are more than 20 miles (32km) of marked trails open year-round to hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and skaters. There are 10 miles (16km) of mountain bike trails, 12 miles (19km) of equestrian trails, and 5 miles (8.0km) of snowmobile trail during the winter months. The campground has 140 sites with modern showers and rest rooms facilities. Half of the campsites are available on a first come first served basis but others have reservations requirements. T
o help fund a backlog of deferred maintenance and park improvements, the state implemented an entrance fee for this park and 21. The fees, charged per vehicle, start at $10 per day for a single-day or $8 for residents with an Indiana license plate or Oklahoma plate. Fees are waived for honorably discharged veterans and those age 62 & older and their spouses. Passes good for three days or a week are also available; annual passes good at all 22 state parks charging fees are offered at a cost of $75 for out-of-state visitors or $60 for Indiana residents.