Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

This is a fun trail. There are historical sites on this hike. Which are nice to see. Some of the trail is hard to follow but you will find your way. This is a easy trail to do which is mostly flat.

hiking
26 days ago

Very pretty hike with some really nice views of the lake after the first big climb. Bring bug spray for the woodsy sections.

I loved this hike! Beautiful, interesting woods along a swamp with lots of wildflowers and hills A few steep, sandy dune climbs, but altogether not too bad. Wonderful stop at the Lake Michigan beach about half way through the hike.

Good time, Good trails, Extremely Easy with multiple trail routes to choose. We started here, went west, & walked to the beach.

This would be such a fun beginner trail running path, but a large portion is closed for several months and August had just way too many spiderwebs, biting bugs and loud cicadas for now. I’d suggest waiting for a less humid day to enjoy this beautiful trail.

With the Dunes State Park trails becoming crowded ... We're hiking The Calumet Trail more and more. it's not a bad trek. With just enough historical sites, changes in types of terrain and elevations to not make this boring. But be prepared for the humidity, ticks and mosquitoes ... Permethrin treated clothing and repellent should be a used.

With no supervision visible anywhere on site .. A big problem developing is the amount of dogs with owners not picking up after them on the trails ... Where it is clearly posted No Dogs... Another is the increasing amount of people on bicycles flying around blind corners or narrow pathways..

Even with the rudeness of some ... There is a peace and serenity here, which hikers love. But unfortunately it is broken by the High Tension Wires and Trains that remind you ... that you are still in NW Indiana ...

But even with the modern distractions ... We still feel fortunate to have this gem here ...

pick up after yourselves and leave only footprints ...

2 months ago

I love this trail for biking, jogging and walking the dog. Very clean with both wooded and open areas. At one of the clearings, there are restrooms, a covered area with a picnic table, and a water fountain. Also, this area has a bridge that leads to a small playground. So far, one of my favorite paved trails in the area.

Bring bug spray! What a cool hike. Several different ecosystems, a pretty tough sandy incline, lots of wildlife, and plenty of isolated beach. My first hike in Indiana and I can’t wait to go back!

This is a nice trail out to the beach through woods and the bog. Insect repellant is prob a must...I mean it is a bog after all. I didn't have a problem with bugs with repellant on. The first mile or so is shaded with packed sand, providing a stable walking surface, and also a raised boardwalk through the bog. As you make your way toward the beach, the hills get steeper and the sand gets increasingly loose, making it a challenging hike. The views are well worth the dune hike, and I'd prefer to hike here to this beach over going to the crowded beach anyday. Great trail.

This is one of my favorite trails in the area! If you go in the summer time, you can eat some of the blackberries!

hiking
3 months ago

I only hiked a small portion of the 10 loop, but did hike all of trail 9. The first half of the 9 loop is pretty easy and mostly flat. The second half turns toward the lakeshore which is where the climb begins. Impeccable views and well worth the trek. Moderate to somewhat challenging depending on fitness/mobility.

Great trail
But make sure you bring insect repellent

Easy trail. Great for a good long walk. Bring mosquito repellent!

Great trail with beautiful views of the lake.

walking
4 months ago

Great trail! Very clean.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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
8 months ago

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hiking
10 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
11 months ago

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

Monday, October 09, 2017

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

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Great trail

hiking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Loved this trail!! Perfect for the adventurist.

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