Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan
I started this trail at Bailey's Homstead, which leads into Little Calumet.
I had been to Baileys Homstead so many times and just never went the other way. Well, I decided to go the other way! The trail was SO DIVERSE. I was amazed at how many different things I got to see and experience. Woods, a beautiful boardwalk, bridges, a prairie and you come across Bailey's Homstead fully equipped with signs to let you know about the first settlers in Northwest Indiana.
When I went, it was extremely muddy. But we carried on!
The only thing I did not like - the trails are HORRIBLY unlabeled. Even with two different types of maps, we were still confused on which way to go at some points. ESPECIALLY when you get to the paved road. We walked down a street for about a half a mile before we finally figured out that a trail was behind this little gravel parking lot. So be aware!
Overall, it was a pretty trail. I can't wait to visit it during the summer and will return.
I have only done 1 mile of this trail many times, which includes the part with all of the stairs. But the views when you get up there are amazing. You have a diverse hiking trail with great views. Great for families! Beautiful beach.
Nice long hike; 7.5 miles. Great for trail running, as it's all flat land. Also great for horses, seen some on the trail! This is a good trail if you're looking for a long hike. We went on a beautiful day in February! We hiked in our tank tops, who would have thought?!
We did have a little trouble finding it at first, as we were looking for "Ly-Co-Ki-We Trail" - They renamed the trail "Glenwood Dunes Trail System" but the parking lot is located right off of route 20. Super easy to spot.
This trail is all through woods; not sure why there are beach photos on this post. But overall, a nice long relaxing hike.
Great moderately difficult loop through the Dunes.