This guidebook, by the author of
Country Roads of Indiana, covers 100 day hikes in 45 parks throughout Indiana. It's part of the same series as Hiking Michigan and it features the same "Trail Finder": a list of all the trails that summarizes distance, difficulty, and trail features. Each entry includes a trail map, a thumbnail state map showing its
location, information about the park or recreation area, description of
the trails, and a list of nearby points of interest. The book includes a few black and white photos. The hikes are divided into
three regions: north, central, south.
Indiana Hikes relatively close to Kalamazoo
Elkhart Architecture Walk 3.5 miles
Elkhart Riverside Parks 3.7 miles Bonneyville Mill North Loop 1 mile
Bonneyville Mill Lookout Loop 0.83 miles
"Elkhart, an early settlement at a river junction eventually became a sprawling manufacturing community. Despite its growth, Elkhart has preserved many historic buildings, including early commercial buildings, churches, and homes."
"In northern LaPorte County, the sandy lake bottom remained after the ancient Lake Chicago receded. In southern LaPorte County, small freshwater lakes and moraines were formed by glacial action."
[Luhr County Park]
4. Indiana Dunes State Park
Dune Mountain 1.5 miles
Forest to Dune Ridge3.75 miles
"There were four major glaciations here during the last million years. Working in concert, glaciers, wind, and water created a distinctive and unusual moraine topography near the Lake Michigan shore."
5. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Miller Woods 1.1 miles
West Beach-- Dune Succession Loop 1 mile
West Beach Loop 1.65 miles Cowles Bog to Beach 2 miles
Beach to Cowles Bog 3.0 miles
Chellberg Farm Loop 1.2 miles
"Behind the beach are the shifting sand dunes and behind them the swales, or depressions. Farther back from the lake, there may be forest, then a marsh, than another type of forest, then a stream."
6. Chain O'Lakes State Park
Self-Guided Nature 0.5 miles
Sand Lake 1.3 miles
"Canoeists can put in at Miller Lake; paddle east through channels connecting three small lakes; and cross Sand lake, Bowen Lake, and Dock Lake before arriving at Long Lake, which is the end of the chain. Hikers find trails around these lakes and use bridges to cross the narrow channels." In this park, the lack of motorboats greatly enhances ta wildlife-watching experience." Other areas of interest: Lake Wawasee, Lake Webster, Sylvan Lake
7. Pokagon State Park
Hell's Point 2.5 miles
Bluebird Hills 2 miles
"Before European settlers came, this area was favored by the Potawatomi Indians. In fact, Pokagon State Park is named for two Potawatomi leaders, a father and son, who transferred title to three million acres to the federal government for about three cents an acre." Other areas of interest: Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area
This book seems to be out of print. Amazon or
Barnes & Noble may have used copies. Both Amazon and Google books let you preview selected pages of the book. I borrowed a copy from my local library.
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