Inland Marsh


Inland Marsh is a nice oak savanna with wet areas interspersed. During my last visit, the parking area looked like a particularly unappealing roadside rest stop, with a lone chemical toilet and a couple of picnic tables set in an area that appeared thoroughly worked-over and worn out. Stop anyway.


Trail


Trails

Trails pass through dunes formed millennia ago when the water level in Lake Michigan was much higher. Pick up a trail map and head south along a sandy trail lined here and there with prickly pear cactus and the occasional bit of industrial debris.

After about a half mile, the trail turns west and climbs a short dune before intersecting with the main trail, a 1.8 mile loop with a short cut option of 1.0 miles. At times the trail ventures a bit close to a road for my taste, but overall itís a pleasant walk.


Directions

Porter County. From the intersection of US 12 and IN 249, west 2 miles on US 12 to well-marked parking area on the south side of the road.

North 41 36.967 West 87 11.575
DeLorme 19:C7


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Facilities

Chemical toilet.


Nearby Natural Areas

Cowles Bog
Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve
Little Calumet River Trail
Miller Woods
West Beach


References

Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 11
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 127