Explore the most popular walking trails near Chesterton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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4 days ago

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

hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
21 days ago

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

Nice trail and close to Chicago.

Wonderful trail! You get to hike along the river and past multiple historic buildings and right into the middle of a farm with animals everywhere!

9 should be labeled rugged lots of climbing up steep dunes...not for the faint of heart be prepared for a workout lovely scenery..

Good hiking and quiet. Great for my dog.

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.

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3 months ago

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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

Great hike. We wondered off coarse a little but the hike was great.

Great trail

Loved this trail!! Perfect for the adventurist.

Nice ❤️

on Cowles Bog Trail

hiking
8 months ago

nice trail but lots of traffic

hiking
9 months ago

best trail in the dunes

We loved this hike. Just rough and long enough for us old guys. Did have some problem finding the trails again once crossing the roads. Other than that it's a great hike.

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.

Very nice trail cut threw the forest and paved. Plenty of places to stop and catch a break.

This is an absolutely gorgeous and serene hike. Not only do you get to experience historical sites, but forest, field, and swamp. From beginning to end the walk took us around 3 hours, and came to a total of 5 miles. Terrain was rugged in parts, and still muddy towards the end of the trail, but it's nothing that a good pair of hiking boots can't handle. The walk is stroller friendly, as long as you have a partner to help through the muddy bits. My only complaint is that you have to cross a busy street to get to the cemetery!

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Better hike in the park. You follow the shoreline and you hike the inner dunes. Lightly traveled so should have solitude

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

still muddy and trail poorly marked in multiple spots. still some nice views along river and it will be interesting to see how the return to prairie works.

very nice trail. can be wet and muddy at times so be prepared. the fact that the bailey homestead and chelberg farm are connected to this trail add a great historical avenue to the experience.

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