Cowles Bog Trail

This is where Henry Chandler Cowles conducted his landmark study of the dunes’ vegetation succession. Pass through wooded dunes and wetlands until you reach a quiet beach on Lake Michigan. This trail has an ecologically rich landscape that offers excellent plant and wildlife viewing.

Phone: (219) 395-1882
Website: http://www.nps.gov/indu

Come Visit Us

1450 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Dune Acres, IN 46304

Phone: (219) 395-1882
Fax: (219) 395-1767

Stories About National Park

National Park

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

This center operates as the National Park's western visitor center, providing visitors with activities to help them learn about the dunes. It hosts…

National Park

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Formerly an industrial site, this 57-acre area features an enclosed pavilion with seasonal food services and restrooms, as well as a…

National Park

Heron Rookery West

National Park

Heron Rookery Trail and Reynold’s Creek

Though the heron rookery is no longer active, the 1.6-mile trail is a good spot for viewing other bird species. In springtime, the woods along the…

You may also be interested in...

Featured

Dune Succession Trail

The Dunes Succession Trail links with two others in the national park system, covering a total of 3.6 miles. As the name suggests, this trail is a…

Featured

Heron Rookery West

The Heron Rookery Trail was a Great Blue Heron nesting ground for 60 years. The Great Blue Herons have moved on, but the 3.3-mile trail is a great…