Feel like a bike ride? Whether you’re exploring friendly small-town streets or taking an all-day ride through the countryside, there’s a perfect ride for everyone on Porter County’s 70 miles of biking trails.
No question about it—northwestern Indiana boasts beautiful beaches and stunning Lake Michigan shoreline. But there's far more to the Indiana Dunes region than surf and sand. Step beyond the beach, and you enter a wildlife-rich landscape of dunes, barrens, prairie, and wetlands.
Have you heard the din of ten thousand sandhill cranes gathered during spring or autumn migration? Watched rare Karner blue butterflies flitting among wild lupine blossoms? Stood chest-deep in a field of prairie wildflowers? If not, it's high time you visited the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, which will guide you to more than 50 sites that showcase this region's greatest natural and cultural treasures.
Unlike a linear hiking or biking trail, the Discovery Trail allows you to set your own route and visit those sites that best ft your interests and timetable. From hiking and biking to fishing and boating, the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail offers outdoor recreation of all kinds, plus museums and historic sites that will immerse you in the region's cultural history. Along the way, you'll find great dining, shops, and lodging in the many welcoming communities of the Beyond the Beach area. To learn more about the adventures awaiting you along the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, visit BeyondTheBeachDiscoveryTrail.com or call (219) 926-2255.