Sculpted by Glaciers in the Moraine Region
While glaciers shaped the entire Beyond the Beach area, the Moraine Region
showcases their phenomenal earth-moving power. Picture a bulldozer a mile high and as wide as your eyes can see. That was the power of the Wisconsin ice sheet as it pushed slowly south from Canada, reaching as far as central Indiana. The enormous glacier gathered immense amounts of debris—from sand to giant boulders—as it scraped over the land. As the climate warmed about 16,000 years ago, the glacier melted back to the north, dropping its debris as it retreated.
That debris formed the hills—what scientists call glacial moraines—of the Moraine Region. Glaciation shaped the sites you’ll see as you explore this region—from Pinhook Bog, which formed from a glacial ice chunk left behind by the retreating glacier, to Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, perched atop the Valparaiso Moraine, with its 360 acres of woody plant collections, formal gardens, wetlands, woodlands, and restored prairies.
You can sample and take home flavors from the land at such Moraine Region sites as Anderson’s Vineyard and Winery and Broken Wagon Bison Farm. The two communities within the Moraine region—Hebron and Valparaiso—invite you to discover quintessential Midwestern living, from the peaceful small-town feel of Hebron to the lively college-town atmosphere of Valparaiso. Whether you stop for a meal or stay for the weekend, you’ll find all the amenities you need, plus a big welcome, here in the Moraine Region.
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