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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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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

700 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

McCool Rd., just S. of Lenburg Rd., Portage

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

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Red Mill County Park

0185 S. Holmesville Rd., La Porte

Part of the La Porte County Parks system, this park encompasses 160 acres of...Read More

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Rogers Lakewood Park

5320 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso

A long time popular attraction, Rogers Lakewood Park has been a respite for...Read More

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Salt Creek Public Fishing Area

W. County Road 500 North, Valparaiso

This 75-acre public fishing area provides access to Salt Creek, where you'll...Read More

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Soldiers Memorial Park

250 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte

556-acre park surrounds 160-acre Stone Lake and borders on Pine Lake. Public...Read More

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Stagecoach Inn & Panhandle Depot

127 N. Main St., Hebron

Open from June through September, the Stage Coach Inn and Panhandle Depot are...Read More

T: (219) 996-3192

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Stoney Run County Park

9230 E. 142nd Ave., Hebron

Stoney Run County Park encompasses 316 acres of oak-hickory woodlands, ponds,...Read More

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Sunset Hill Farm County Park

775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso

Sunset Hill Farm County Park is a lovely 235-acre park where you'll find a...Read More

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Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art

1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso

Located in the state-of-art Center for the Arts on the Valparaiso University...Read More

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Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art

1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso

Located in the state-of-art Center for the Arts on the Valparaiso University...Read More

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Zona Wildlife Sanctuary

601 E. 950 N., Westville

Stretch your legs at this 92-acre woodland preserve. A short figure-eight trail...Read More

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Indiana Dunes

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.