Chain O’Lakes State Park is another wonderful Indiana State Park in Albion, Indiana. This park really has it all – beaches, cabins, a campground, 23 miles of hiking trails, 12 lakes, a nature center, and picnic areas. You can even rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboat to explore the lakes. Fishing is also allowed on the lakes. Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but can visit most of the other areas.
We recently visited Chain O’Lakes State Park on a busy Sunday in June. Despite many other people having the same idea, we had a pleasant hike on trail #5. This trail traverses around Sand Lake from the nature center/concession area and beach to the boat rental parking area. The trail is heavily wooded and in many areas you have views of the lake. It’s a mostly flat trail, but is dirt making it a little challenging for those with mobility issues. To return to the parking lot near the nature center/concession area requires walking on the grass near the road, but there is plenty of room.
After our hike we had a nice picnic lunch. There are many picnic areas in the grass surrounding the nature center/concession area parking lot. Many are in the shade making for a pleasant place to rest or have lunch even on warm days.
For more information about Chain O’Lakes State Park.
We rate Chain O’Lakes State Park 3.5 paws up. Trails are well marked, there are a variety of trails, parking is plentiful, there is a restroom, and there are several lakes. It’s a well maintained park and allows a variety of activities. This is one we will visit again and explore other trails and lakes.
How do I get there?
Take 48 to E. Baseline Rd. and continue for 11 miles. Turn left on E 75 S and follow for about a mile. Turn left to enter the park. The current fee to enter an Indiana State Park is $7 for in-state vehicles and $9 for out-of-state vehicles. Price is per vehicle. Annual passes are available. For more information on fees, check the Indiana Department of Nature Resources website.