Marquette Trail

Indiana

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Marquette Trail Facts

States: Indiana
Counties: Lake
Length: 2.1 miles
Trail end points: County Line Rd. and Main St. and Grand Blvd. just south of Ash Place
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6609414

Marquette Trail Description

The Marquette Trail, also known as the Marquette Greenway, will one day span more than 50 miles through Northwest Indiana, connecting communities along the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

The 2-mile section through Gary offers picturesque views of Lake Michigan as it travels through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This scenic route follows a former rail line through a variety of diverse habitats, including hardwood forests, wetlands and rolling dunes. Along the way, trail-goers can enjoy catching a glimpse of the water birds, deer, lizards and other wildlife that call this area home.

An upcoming new section of the trail will span 3 miles in the Town of Burns Harbor.

Parking and Trail Access

On the eastern end of the trail, ample parking and restroom facilities are available at West Beach in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The entrance to the beach is off County Line Road; watch for West Beach signage on US 12 or US 20.

Marquette Trail Reviews

It's small and kind of gravelly, so use a mountain bike or hybrid. But it's a great little trail - not too long for the kids and gorgeous scenery!

It's small and kind of gravelly, so use a mountain bike or hybrid. But it's a great little trail - not too long for the kids and gorgeous scenery!

Short but sweet.

I was really quite amazed the first time I rode this trail. Gary and the surrounding area is known more for steel mills and dense urban housing than for wildlife and nature. And after riding through the streets of Gary to get here, it was a relief and a nice contrast to be in the quite woods seemingly miles from civilization. The lizards I spotted on the ride caught me off guard. I haven't seen since on my other times down this trail but then timing is everything.

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