Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is unique because it is a patchwork of protected lands broken into sections by harbors, factories, towns, and the state park. The beaches it protects are very popular with sunbathers and families in the summer. The winter brings great views and draws smaller crowds. The patchworkness of the park (yes I…

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Cowles Bog Trail

Cowles Bog Trail is part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is also a National Natural Landmark because of the rich diversity of plants and animals that inhabit it. I first heard about this trail from another Women Who Hike member who said it was a must do. I added it to my bucket…

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Mount Baldy

I have a confession to make: the beginning of this month I was obsessed with baldness – bald geographical features that is. Haha! But seriously, it dawned on me afterwards that two of the places I hiked within 6 days were balds: Andrews Bald at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mount Baldy at Indiana…

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Charles C. Deam Wilderness

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area located in the Hoosier National Forest near Bloomington, Indiana is very popular with day-hikers, backpackers, and horseback riders. Parking is limited in the Wilderness Area and fills up quickly, especially with backpackers parking Friday night and not leaving till Sunday afternoon. Sycamore Trail To hike the Sycamore Trail we…

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Touch the Earth Natural Area

Touch the Earth Natural Area is a Sycamore Land Trust Nature Preserve located just outside Columbus, Indiana. It has 2 miles of  easy trails winding around 98 acres. There is an observation deck to sit and watch birds and other wildlife that wander by. I’ve seen a turtle, butterflies, and even an owl! Touch the…

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Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve

Trevlac Bluffs is an Indiana State Nature Preserve located in Brown County (near Nashville, Indiana). It has a rare stand of Hemlock Trees (they are normally found further north) and is named for the 200 foot bluff overlooking Beanblossom Creek. There are two trails on the preserve. The Yellowwood Trail is 2.6 miles round-trip and…

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Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is a beautiful state park near Nashville, Indiana that over the last 2 years I had come to loathe. It’s my own fault, I went hiking there so often for 3 years that I made myself sick of it. Also, it draws a HUGE crowd of leaf peepers who make it…

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Dune Succession Trail

In 2015, on one of our day-trips from Chicago, Lizzie and I visited Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park. We started off our day by hiking the Dune Succession Trail, which is part of the West Beach Trail System. The trail is popular and well photographed due to the view of the…

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The Nature Conservancy’s Guide to Indiana Preserves

The Nature Conservancy’s Guide to Indiana Preserves is a great place to start if you are wanting somewhere a little less visited to explore. The Nature Preserves of Indiana are not as well-known or visited as the state parks, but are just as beautiful. This guide includes great pictures of the preserves as well as…

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McCormick’s Creek State Park

I am still surprised that Jess and I never explored McCormick’s Creek State Park while we were attending Indiana University. I mean we found some hidden gems like Bean Blossom Bottoms Nature Preserve and drove clear to Shades State Park, but we never made it to this beautiful state park that was only 20 minutes…

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