Note from Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail Coordinator

Coffee Creek Preserve

Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail will be fully operational at the end of 2010! Shortly I will post the link to the ITunes phone application that will reach Trail users who prefer to explore the Trail using a smart phone. A big thanks to all the land-owners and property managers along the Trail who met with me over the course of the year. I appreciate your time and your ideas will guide improvements and further development of the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail. We will be working with many of you during the coming year on the suggestions you shared. Thanks also to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter, LaPorte and Lake County Parks Departments and Visitors Bureaus, Fermata, and all the people who are now enjoying the Trail for your continued support.

In 2011 the Trail will get even better! We will be adding several new sites to explore. I am in the process of updating the Trail guide to include the new sites and features that will make the guide even more useful. I would like to hear from you. If you have any comments about how we can make the guide, blog, Facebook or website more useful, please share your ideas with me at If you ever have any questions about the Trail, I am also available. In closing here is a little more encouragement to get out this winter and snow-shoe, ski, sled, run, bike, fish, hike or otherwise enjoy the Trail in the way that suits you:

Get your ski on yet? For 3 days in a row I have had the extremely good fortune of being out on the Beyond the Beach Trail cross-country skiing. Evening skiing is a personal favorite, so here I share a few photos from my ski at Coffee Creek Preserve. Coffee Creek has lit and unlit areas and is a great place for anyone to give cross-country skiing a try. There are deer-o-plenty and you may hear an owl if you are lucky – I was. The trails are very easy to follow and are used by many – not just skiers – so there needs to be plenty of snow. There are short and medium length loops and there are trail maps at several points of entry for visitors. You can even bring hot chocolate and firewood and sit around the fireplace at the pavilion after your ski.

On behalf of Indiana Dunes Tourism, we wish all of you happy trails and a happy new year!

Christine Livingston, Niche Market Director for Indiana Dunes Tourism

Skiin' at Coffee Creek Preserve

One of Many Deer Along the Trail
Beyond the Beach Trail Marker at Coffee Creek

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