Glenwood Dunes Trail
Further to the east along US 20 and to the south of the Indiana Dunes State Park is a 6.4 mile horse and hiking trail called Glenwood Dunes. It was formerly known as the Ly-Co-Ki-We Trail and is the longest trail in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The trail can be challenging because the ground is very loose from the horses. I wasn’t too thrilled by the trail in general.
There are two extensions to the trail. One leads to the Dunewood Campground 1.7 miles to the east. This is the only campground in the park. Another leads 1 mile to the west, ending at the Dune Park South Shore Railroad Station.
The accessible Calumet Dune Trail is a 0.8 mile paved trail next to the old Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center.
Just to the north is the Beverly Shores area. This town is surrounded by the national lakeshore on all sides. There are several popular beaches there with limited parking. Among them are Kemil Beach, Lake View, and Central Avenue. Some of the most incredible sunsets can be seen at these beaches.
The main road that travels along these beaches contain five of the 1933 World’s Fair Century of Progress homes. They were built for the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair and brought to Beverly Shores by developer Robert Bartlett after the fair closed. The homes are privately owned but interpretive panels tell the history and unique design elements of each one. Along the beach are the Wiebolt-Rostone House and the Florida Tropical House.
Dune Ridge Trail
A ¾ mile trail south of the Kemil Beach parking lot, Dune Ridge Trail, has views of the Great Marsh and is good for birdwatching.
Great Marsh Trail
The Great Marsh Trail is in the south part of Beverly Shores. It’s a 1.25 mile long trail in an area popular with migrating birds. There is also an overlook of the reclaimed marsh.
The furthest point to the east is Mount Baldy. The area was closed at the time of writing but is home to a popular 126 ft. moving sand dune. I used to climb it and enjoy the views when I was a kid and in high school but the dune collapsed in 2013 and swallowed a boy (he survived). Check at the visitor center for updates on the area and special ranger guided hikes at the base. Continue to Part 4.