Fall Color Spots in Indiana’s Cool North

The autumn foliage is about to burst into vibrant color.  You don't need to wait for the peak color to enjoy fall's spectacle; the early changing colors mixed with the contrast of the summer green makes for a stunning look.  If you are determined to wait for the peak color, keep watching around mid-October.   We've gathered some inspiration to help you discover where you can immerse yourself in the glorious colors of fall in Indiana's Cool North.

West Beach Dunes Succession Trail

West Beach Dunes Succession Trail


The West Beach Trails consist of three loops of varying distance and terrain.  You can start from the beach, or from a trailhead in the parking lot in Gary.

The environment changes throughout the trail, from beach to lush forest with grand views of ponds and lakes, including Long Lake.  In spring the wildflowers put on a vibrant display along the trail.

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  • 20 Minutes to Indiana Dunes
  • 35 Minutes to Michigan City
  • 79 Minutes to Elkhart County

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