This rail trail uses the roadbed of a former Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad line. The roundtrip distance is 4.7 miles. It is flat and mostly free of obstacles, which make it especially easy to navigate. The trail is not accessible to wheelchairs. There are no restrooms or potable water sources available, so come prepared.
There is a separate entrance to the parking lot off of County Line Road just north of the main West Beach entrance. There is no access fee for this parking lot.
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