Heron Rookery trail
Address 1: North County Rd 600 E
City: Michigan City
Zip Code: 46360
Directions: Lat: 41.6269 Long: -86.9523 Follow US Rte 20 east from Beverly Shores. Turn south (right) on County Line Rd and follow for 4.4 miles to E County Rd 1275 N. Turn west (right) on 1275 and follow for 1 mile. Turn north (right) on N County Rd 600 E and watch for the trailhead on the left. No amenities and parking is limited.
Lat/Long: 41.6269, -86.9523
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 Though the heron rookery is no longer active, the 1.6-mile trail is a good spot for viewing other bird species.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.