Tolleston Dunes

Natural Areas: Tolleston Dunes


Formerly Inland Marsh. A nice oak savanna with wet areas interspersed; trails pass over dunes formed millennia ago when the water level in Lake Michigan was much higher. Aside from the large paved parking lot and signage there are no facilities. A sandy trail heads south from the parking area, passing scattered trees and prickly pear cactus. After about a half mile, the trail turns west and climbs a short dune before connecting with a figure eight that winds its way over and between a series of dunes covered with oak savanna and intervening wetlands. Look for lupine, blue-eyed Mary, and wild columbine in May; bracken fern will be abundant later in the year. Highway, train, and aircraft noise can be annoying, but you’re not likely to encounter many pedestrian visitors.


Trail Map


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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.

GPS: N 41 36.967 W 87 11.575


Facilities


None


Finder Sketch


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