Winter is a great time to visit our nature sites

Shelf ice is a site to see along Lake Michigan.

By Ken Kosky

My favorite time along the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail is autumn. There’s nothing better than hiking through wooded trails that are bursting with color on a 65-degree day.

This is a great time to do some cross-country skiing.
This is a great time to do some cross-country skiing.

But another beautiful time is right now, with a blanket of snow covering the miles of trails at great Beyond the Beach sites. And those trails that I hiked in the fall: they’re great for cross-country skiing in the winter.

Among my favorite spots for cross-country skiing are Taltree Arboretum and Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso; Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton; and these Indiana Dunes sites: Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Glenwood Dunes and Tolleston Dunes trails.

For more information about cross-country skiing, as well as sledding, snowshoeing, ice rinks and ice fishing, check out Indiana Dunes Tourism’s new winter page here.

Even if you’re not looking for strenuous winter fun, this is a great time for great views. At any of the sites along Lake Michigan, you can see beautiful shelf ice on the lakeshore.

Red Cup Cafe in Chesterton is a great place to enjoy a warm beverage.
Red Cup Cafe in Chesterton is a great place to enjoy a warm beverage.

And when you’re done outside, be sure to warm up at one of Indiana Dunes Country’s restaurants or coffee shops here.

And then start dreaming about spring and summer, my other favorite times along the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail.

 



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