Cowles Bog Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews

Cowles Bog Trail is a 4.3 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
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

snow

washed out

hiking
57 minutes ago

Perfect trail end with an excellent view of Lake Michigan. Bring your lunch, there is a nice shaded spot!

hiking
4 days ago

Short trek to reach the beach. Nice mix of woods and the sandy dunes.

hiking
17 days ago

Ticks are out and about. Be careful. Ended up with one yesterday.

Nice trail and close to Chicago.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail and scenery. If you’re afraid of snakes though avoid it because there is seriously a billion there including water moccasins.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice. Very pretty. Dunes were a little rough because I haven’t hiked in a while. You will get all the sand in your shoes.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Paths clearly marked and great scenery. I would avoid climbing the dunes if you have physical restrictions, but fabulous view from the tops looking down on the lake...

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is awesome and gives you an awesome view of the lake from the top of a dune

7 months ago

Nice ❤️

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

nice trail but lots of traffic

hiking
10 months ago

Turn off Hwy 12 when you see the Dune Acres sign. The parking lot is on your left immediately after crossing the train tracks. There's another smaller lot if you continue driving to the gate to your right. Very tight lot with one way driving.
This trail will take you past ponds & bogs to Lake Michigan. It would be more scenic, except for the Steel Mill within sight & sound of it! It does give you a small taste of what NW Indiana was like many years ago.
The trail is strenuous when you get to the lake. Otherwise, easy to moderate.

hiking
10 months ago

Heavily trafficked trail mainly due to beachgoers. Doing the large loop can be a challenge due to roots, sand and a copious amount of bugs. Very steep climb leaving the beach area so be prepared for that if you're not in shape. I often see quite a few people that were not quite prepared for the challenge.

hiking
11 months ago

Love that you end up on the beach! Awesome trail bring lunch and eat it in the top of the hill with great views!

11 months ago

Nice trail that ends at a fairly secluded beach

11 months ago

I run this trail a few times a month. I recommend late winter through late spring and after labor day for the least congestion and to avoid the biting flies. The orchids in the bog bloom between the end of February and the second week of March.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Very fun trails and a beautiful view of Lake Michigan!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautiful view just a little hard to get there

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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!

trail running
Saturday, August 06, 2016

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
Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

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
Monday, June 06, 2016

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
Monday, June 06, 2016

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

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

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.

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