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Calumet Trail

9.5 miles one-way, 23 feet of elevation gain, 0% average grade, 1% maximum grade. Average time: 1.5 hours.

photo:  Photo by Wiki Daniel R. Zajac.

Length: 9.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Connects Dune Shores to Michigan City along a utility corridor by the southern boundary of Indian Dunes National Lakeshore.
State(s): Indiana
Longitude: -86.93263
Latitude: 41.69987

Driving Directions

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The trail follows the South Shore Railroad tracks and NIPSCO power lines. There is no shade. The trail can be impassible (i.e. wet shoes) due to standing water along much of the trail that can be 4-6" deep in spots. The trail is not suitable for road bikes.

The Calumet Trail connects to many trail systems. The west trailhead parking lot connects to the Porter Brickyard Trail and the Cowles Bog Trail System (no bikes allowed). There is access to the Dunes Kankakee Trail and Indiana Dunes State Park trail system at the South Shore Dunes Park train station. At East State Park Road (Kemil Road or 300E), there is access across U.S. Highway 12 to the Glenwood Dunes Trail System (no bikes allowed) and the Calumet Dunes Trail (no bikes allowed). At Broadway Avenue (Beverly Shores), there is access to the Great Marsh Trail (no bikes allowed) and the Dunewood Campground. At the east trailhead, the parking lot on U.S. Highway 12 is close to the Mount Baldy Trail System.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

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Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources
608 State Office Building
Indianapolis , IN 46204



 Photo by Wiki Daniel R. Zajac.

Photo by Wiki Daniel R. Zajac.


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