Heron Rookery Trail
ElevationAscent: 12' 4 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 648' 197 m
Low: 641' 195 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (0°)
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“A river trail featuring some of the very best spring wildflowers in the region.”— Rafi Wilkinson
Family Friendly Easy flat trail with quick access to wildflowers, birding and spawning fish.
There are parking lots on the east and west ends of the trail. The east lot holds 20 cars and is large enough for buses & RV's to back up, turn around, and park. The west lot is very small with room for only 4 cars.
The trail surface is mostly packed dirt and clay. The clay makes this trail very slippery when wet. Wear adequate footwear. The trail length is 3.3 miles for a round trip hike from one parking lot to the other and back.
Fishing is also popular during the spring and fall when salmon and trout are making their spawning runs from Lake Michigan into the Little Calumet River. Indiana state fishing regulations apply.
Indiana Dunes National Park (formerly national lakeshore) was established to preserve portions of the Indiana Dunes and other areas of scenic, scientific, historic and recreational value. Up to two million annual visitors enjoy the park's 15,000 acres of wetlands, prairies, sand dunes, oak savannas, forests, and historic sites. The park's 15 miles of beaches hug the southern shore of Lake Michigan from Gary, IN, to Michigan City, IN. For more information, visit nps.gov/indu/index.htm or facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS.
Land Manager: NPS - Indiana Dunes National Park