Best Scenic Hiking Trails in Indiana’s Cool North

In Indiana's Cool North you can find hiking trails to suit your physical fitness level and scenery preference.  Do you prefer hiking by a lake or river, or exploring on a trail with diverse ecosystems? You can find both leisurely strolls through nature, and a more physically demanding hike, like the 3 Dune Challenge.  We have a list of trails you can explore; find one that fits your style!

Cowles Bog Trail

Cowles Bog Trail


Imagine a hike through the vibrant colors of black oaks, red maples, birches, and white cedars, interspersed with tamarack pines.  The Cowles Bog Trail is a 4.7 mile trail through the lush wetlands and thriving ferns under the canopy of color.

Cowles Bog Trail is an ancient and untouched landscape at the foot of a steep sand dune.  It is home to over 400 species of plants, mushrooms and fungi, and has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.

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  • 27 Minutes to Michigan City
  • 36 Minutes to South Shore
  • 71 Minutes to Elkhart County

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