Cowles Bog Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Cowles Bog Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chesterton, Indiana 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.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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29 days ago

Very fun trails and a beautiful view of Lake Michigan!

1 month ago

Beautiful view just a little hard to get there

hiking
1 month ago

Didn't go down to the beach as all signs said it closed. Enjoyable hike thru the marsh- felt more like New England at times. Saw a pheasant, no other wildlife. Easy hike.

1 month ago

Enjoy running these trails. Can do many loops to add mileage. Be ready to climb some dunes.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months 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.

7 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
8 months ago

trail running
9 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
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

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