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Moraine

Picture a bulldozer. Then picture one that’s a mile high and as wide as your eyes can see. That’s a lot of earth-moving power, and that was the power of the Wisconsin Glacier as it pushed slowly south, 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.

In the Moraine Region of the Beaches and Beyond Outdoor Adventures Guide, you’ll see plenty of evidence of that glacial debris in the form of rolling hills—what scientists call glacial moraines. Glaciation shaped the entire landscape you’ll see as you explore here—from Pinhook Bog, which formed from a glacial ice chunk left behind by the retreating glacier, to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, perched atop the Valparaiso Moraine, with its 300 acres of woody plant collections, formal gardens, wetlands, woodlands, and restored prairies.

In the Moraine Region of the Beaches and Beyond Outdoor Adventures Guide, you’ll find 17 great sites to explore.

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Foundation Meadows Park

3210 Campbell St., Valparaiso

Foundation Meadows includes features for all ages and many interests. A one...Read More

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Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso

Situated atop the Valparaiso moraine, Gabis offers more than 300 acres of woody...Read More

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Kingsbury Water Trail Access

Kingsbury and English Lake, Kingsbury

One of the most well-known waterways in the Lower Great Lakes Region, the...Read More

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Lakes of LaPorte Water Trail

1110 Lakeside St., LaPorte

LaPorte is home to a unique lake system that provides a wonderful series of...Read More

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Long Lake Public Access

E. 600 North Rd., Valparaiso

While Long Lake is surrounded by private property it is a nice spot for angling...Read More

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Luhr County Park

3178 S. 150 West, LaPorte

Located on 89 acres just south of LaPorte, Luhr Park features four ecosystems:...Read More

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Memorial Opera House

104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso

On the National Register of Historic Places, the beautiful, 364-seat Memorial...Read More

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Ogden Botanical Gardens

451 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso

Ogden Gardens Park is four acres of professionally maintained botanical...Read More

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Pinhook Bog

946 N. Wozniak Rd., Michigan City

This true bog is a must-see adventure experience. Located several miles inland,...Read More

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Prairie Duneland Trail

149 to County Line Rd., Portage

One of Indiana's "crown jewel" trails, the Prairie Duneland Trail traverses...Read More

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Nature’s Masterpiece

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails, and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the Indiana Dunes, then shake off the sand south of the dunes with great lodging, dining, shopping, and attractions.