Calumet Trail

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Looking east from an access point along a section of the Calumet Trail in June

The Calumet Trail is an east-west bicycle and multiuse recreational trail in the Calumet region of northwestern Indiana, United States. It runs roughly parallel to U.S. Route 12 and the right-of-way of the South Shore line, along the NIPSCO easement. Other names by which the trail, or parts of it, are popularly known include "Hancock/Calumet Trail", "Jack Stevens Trail" and "Snowmobile Trail #17".[1]

The trail runs for about 9.1 miles (14.6 km) from Mineral Springs Road in Dune Acres, Indiana, near Cowles Bog, to a point by the county line of Porter County and LaPorte County, very close to the parking lot entrance of a local sand dune landmark, Mount Baldy. The surface is of crushed limestone and is frequently used by cyclists and joggers in the warmer months, and skiers in the winter.[2]

Deer and other wildlife are often seen along the trail, which loosely connects with other bicycle/multi-use trails in northwestern Indiana in a loose arc from near the Illinois state line to near the Michigan state line, bringing trail users in proximity to Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park.

The Calumet Trail is managed by the Porter County Parks Department.[3]


  1. ^ Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (2 June 2009). Rail-Trails Midwest Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Wilderness Press. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-0-89997-706-5.
  2. ^ Mark Skertic (2003). A Native's Guide to Northwest Indiana. Lake Claremont Press. pp. 262–. ISBN 978-1-893121-08-9.
  3. ^ Calumet Trail

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Coordinates: 41°38′21″N 87°04′46″W / 41.639285°N 87.079398°W / 41.639285; -87.079398