I’m a hiker – not an extreme hiker – but I love a good jaunt. Two of the most recent jaunts were in Turkey Run and Shades State Parks. Located a half hour or so a part from one another and about 2 hours West of Indy, they have some great easy, medium and rugged hikes. Turkey Run is definitely the more popular with twice the acreage, an inn, a restaurant and being situated on Sugar Creek (rent a canoe at Clements Canoes Outdoor Center and you’ll go right through the park). But Shades has a really good (and challenging) rugged hike up and down hills and through creek bed ravines, plus, there’s more room to breathe! If you’ve not checked out Shades (and you like hiking) – you should!