Cowles Bog Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

Cowles Bog Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chesterton, IN that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles 315 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

beach

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

snow

washed out

Cowles Bog is a 5 mile loop trail located near Chesterton, Indiana and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, not to hard with the exception of the dune by the beach. I used this as a warm-up for some of the other trails in the park. If the weather is nice you can jump in the lake for a swim and cool off before heading back.

2 months ago

This is a great trail to do if you're looking for a little exercise as there are some good, steep hills as you near the beach. Mosquitos weren't terrible, but I'd still recommend bug repellent. Oh, and prepare to get a lot of sand in your shoes!

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

This is a great trail. You can make it different distances with a couple cut through trails. Going all the way to the beach is fun - big hill just before the beach.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent variety between bog, hardwood forest and dune environments. Throw in Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline as a bonus.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Nice view from top of dune. Great variety of foliage. Pretty beach.

5 months ago

Great hike! loved the break in-between, exploring the beach before heading back into the woods :)

hiking
5 months ago

It was a decent trail. We went in the summer so there were lots of bugs which was to be expected since the trail runs through a boggy area. The beach was pretty at the end but the hike back up the sandy dune was tough. Bring lots of water and wear close toe shoes.

hiking
5 months ago

this was a super fun trail in a great adventure for me and my family. We took a stroller and that turned out to be a good challenge because of the dirt sand mix end big incline's. all in all though a great Trail and and definitely a repeat without the stroller

hiking
5 months ago

It was great! Went with my family. We had our 7month old in his stroller. I wouldn't advise a stroller. But we did complete the entire trail. About midway we splashed about in the beach

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Fairly challenging trail but not impossible. I enjoyed the view and all the wildlife. Beautiful place.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice level terrain with a few gentle ups and downs. Terrain was a sand dirt mix. Trail was wide and well maintained without low overhangs. Our 5 year old hiked it easily. Would also be excellent with horses.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is beautiful the leads to a beach that accessible only by foot and boat. The trail is rated as moderate but due to the soft sand and the height of the dunes as you near the lake I found it to be quite a workout. When you reach Lake Michigan on the north branch of the trail you will need to descend what seemed to me like an extremely steep dune that was pretty hair raising.

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

Great, tranquil trail. The location is somewhat secluded so there aren't a ton of people. Perfect choice if you're looking to get alone and enjoy nature for a bit.

1 year ago

I've never hiked in sand before so it was a new challenge! Had a great time. The beautiful view from the shoreline makes it all worth it

hiking
1 year ago

This trail is one of my favorites in the area. Leads you to a beach that is normally very empty. Bring a picnic lunch and sit on the beach after completing the first half of your hike!

walking
1 year ago

The trails were dry, despite all the rain lately. The trail is rated as easy, but depending on your pace and fitness level become difficult as you near the higher dunes by Lake Michigan.