Heron Rookery Trail

EASY 22 reviews

Heron Rookery Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Michigan City, Indiana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles
6 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers



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7 months ago

I hiked this trail in mid September. The corridor of the trail is a little tight with overgrowth, mainly stinging nettles. Be prepared with mosquito spray, as the trail follows the little calumet river, and it is a haven for them. All in all, it's a nice little trail for access to the river, mainly to hike. You can do a little trail running, but mountain bike are not allowed.

8 months ago

Good place to walk your dog. Really pretty and quiet.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail. I saw an owl and other wildlife. Peaceful. Some parts of the trail have steep drop offs on one side into the stream below so heads up.

9 months ago

The trail was beautiful and offered a lot of spots to climb on trees and see wildlife. Especially loved how hidden it was!

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

3 miles there & back. Flat trail, but erosion is a problem. Hard to walk with 2 people in places. Parking is generous at the 450E side. Sometimes the 600E side is closed. No reason given.
This is a quiet trail right by the Little Calumet River. It's popular in the Spring with wildflower lovers. Fishing is also very popular. Mosquitoes are a big problem with the warm weather, so bring your spray!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Beautiful quiet trail. Spotted heron 5 times along with many frogs that plopped in the river as I walked by. Watch out for patches of eroded trail, some areas were precariously close to a 12 foot drop off. And by all means, remember your bug spray.

Monday, May 09, 2016

I grew up on this trail and it gets better every year. Gorgeous, quiet and beautiful. The address is Chesterton not Michigan city on the west entrance. You can fish also with a license. I hope you all enjoy it.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The map is wrong. The trail head is at the intersection of 450 E and 1300 N.

Nice trail. Some erosion along river.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A little hard to find..but worth it. I have walked this trail a few times. Quite enjoyable,quiet,clean and easy for newcomers.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

A hidden gem! Gorgeous spring wildflowers and a great spot for fishing and solitude. The trail is not rugged but there are a few spots where it is undermined by the Little Calumet River so watch your step.

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