The Calumet Bike Trail traverses the south side of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a unique ecosystem of forest, marsh, dunes and beach along Lake Michigan. This dirt and crushed limestone path stretches between two interesting natural features: the Cowles Bog, an 8,000 year-old marsh, and Mount Baldy, a 123-foot-tall sand dune.
The route parallels the South Shore Rail Line, which carries passengers from Chicago to South Bend, and passes through residential and commercial areas, including a unique and unexpected sight: the Bailly Nuclear Power Plant.
Parking and Trail Access
A parking lot is available mid-way along the trail on Kemil Road/E. State Park Boundary Road and Rte. 12. The Mt. Baldy parking lot is also an option on the trail's eastern end.
Love this trail!
Ok, so it is not a gorgeous trail. I like that it is crushed gravel and it gets lots of mud puddles on the western end. About 5 miles in you can stop and get an ice cream! Parking on either end is great. Yes, it gets overgrown with weeds...I love to go ...
I rode the full length of the trail this morning, beginning at the LaPorte/Porter County line and heading west - then returned. About 18.6 miles round trip. The trail is not very well maintained - with a lot of weeds growing up in the middle of the trail, ...