Heron Rookery Trail
Phone: (219) 395-1882
For more than 60 years, herons nested here along Little Calumet River. Though the heron rookery is no longer active, the 1.6-mile trail is a good spot for viewing other bird species. The oak savanna habitat near the abandoned rookery is also home to Karner blue butterflies, federally listed as endangered. National Lakeshore resource managers conduct prescribed burns to maintain open savanna habitat. In springtime, the woods along the trail are carpeted with wildflowers, including trillium, Dutchman's breeches, hepatica, and mayapple.
Explore the Little Calumet River floodplain and its great diversity of spring wildflowers. You'll be listening to the spring songs of birds and frogs. Meet in the Heron Rookery parkin lot. Be prepared for muddy conditions.
10-11:30am & 1-2:30pm (CT)
Join a ranger at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Heron Rookery for a two-hour wildflower hike to see that woodland flowers are blooming. The Heron Rookery is perhaps the best location in the region to see spring wildflowers. Celebrate part of Mother's Day in your national park while enjoying nature.