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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 Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, 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 Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, you’ll find 17 great sites to explore. Read about them here. For the Moraine Region itinerary suggestions, click here.

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Anderson's Vineyard & Winery

430 E US Hwy 6, Valparaiso

Since 1927, the Anderson family has grown fruit in the Valparaiso area, and...Read More

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Bluhm County Park

3855 S 1100 West Rd, Westville

This park encompasses 96 acres of upland forest, wetlands, prairie, and a pond....Read More

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Broken Wagon Bison Farm

563 W 450 N, Hobart

This family farm raises American bison--the iconic species of the American...Read More

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Chustak Public Fishing Area

West 600 North Rd, South Haven

This 76-acre public fishing area offers access to Salt Creek, where...Read More

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Deep River County Park

9410 Old Lincoln Hwy, Hobart

Deep River County Park offers a mix of history, natural beauty, and pure fun...Read More

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Forest Park

851 Harrison Blvd, Valparaiso

Though Forest Park is just ten acres in size, it is a lovely spot for a stroll...Read More

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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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Long Lake Public Access

East County Rd 600 N, Valparaiso

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

N Campbell Rd & 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

A visit to Pinhook Bog should be on every nature-lover's itinerary. Though part...Read More

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Porter County Museum

153 S Franklin St, Valparaiso

Included in the National Register of Historic Places, the former Sheriff's...Read More

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Red Mill County Park

185 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 Rd 500 N, Valparaiso

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