Where can you go take a hike or just enjoy a quiet stroll?
There are eleven parks in the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department and two hike/bike trails scattered from Lake Michigan to the Kankakee River. All totaled, there are more than 100 miles of trails in the County Parks system. We invite you to go to a park near you or investigate a site you’ve never seen and step toward better health while enjoying the wonders of nature. Gate fees apply when gatekeeper is on duty.
LOOKING FOR HIKE/BIKE TRAIL MAPS? Find maps for each of the park sites by clicking on the PARKS link on the left sidebar then click on the park you are seeking.
LOOKING FOR REGIONAL HIKE/BIKE TRAIL MAPS? Check the web at http://www.nirpc.org and click on the Greenways & Blueways link across the top for regional maps and more.
Trails within the Lake County Parks are listed here.
- Buckley Homestead: There are more than two miles of trails in total at Buckley Homestead. A one mile loop, bark chip trail, connects the visitor center parking lot to the schoolhouse, log cabin and barn, with slight terrain, some hills and woods. There is an additional one and a half mile trail around the perimeter of the back 80 acres, hilly, with some woods. These are mixed use horse/pedestrian trails.
- Cedar Creek Golf Course: Cedar Creek features an executive 9 hole course with approximately 1 mile of cart trails. Pull a cart for enjoyable exercise.
- Deep River: About five miles of wooded, hilly trails along the river north of Wood’s Historic Grist Mill leading to the County Line Road picnic area and the Sulky Track. Around Woods' Historic Mill there is a scenic brick paved path to the gazebo and out to Grinder Field. North, beyond the Old Lincoln Hwy. parking area, you will find the green trailhead and a .4 mile loop. It's .2 miles to the fork. From the fork to the County Line Road trailhead is 1 mile. From the fork to the yellow trail detour is .1 miles. The yellow trail detour is .2 miles. From the fork to the Sulky track trailhead is 1.5 miles. In total there is 2.3 miles of wooded, hilly trails along the river north of Wood's Historic Grist Mill to the old sulky track. Conditions of riverfront trails are impacted by flooding and may not always be accessible. Big Maple Lake area has 2.6 miles of mixed use horse/pedestrian trails north of Ainsworth Road.
- Erie Lackawanna Trail: About one and a half miles of this 12-mile asphalt trail are maintained by the Lake County Parks. Currently roadway access is available from Oak Ridge Prairie; however future plans include a connection between the Oak Savannah Trail and the Erie Lackawanna Trial from Oak Ridge Prairie.
- Gibson Woods: About three miles of wooded looped trails in flat terrain along the dune and swale topography of the nature preserve. An accessible boardwalk begins the trail system permitting those with walking difficulties to venture into the woods. Gibson Woods is owned and managed by the Lake County Parks but it is also dedicated as a State of Indiana Nature Preserve. Due to its significant natural habitat dogs, horses, bicycles, geocaching, cross country skiing, off road and motorized vehicles, and off-trail activities are not permitted in an effort to preserve this very special place.
- Grand Kankakee Marsh: More than 30 miles of flat trails on levees that dissect and connect the Grand Kankakee Marsh. Woods, river and wetlands abound in this birding haven. Trails are mixed use horse/pedestrian. All trails are closed to the public during hunting season.
- Lake Etta: About two miles in total with a short hard surface trail surrounding the playground and another half mile through natural wetlands with native vegetation that attracts numerous wildlife. Additional trails near the swimming and fishing lakes lead to the Little Calumet River.
- Lemon Lake: One mile paved trail around Lemon Lake and the surrounding woods. More than five miles of primitive trails in hilly terrain provides a varied view of open and wooded areas.
- Oak Ridge Prairie: About five miles of natural surface trails in flat terrain through woods, marsh and prairie overlooking the water. Oak Ridge Prairie is the trailhead for the Oak Savannah Trail. USBR#36*
- Oak Savannah Trail: Encompasses ten miles of asphalt trail from Oak Ridge Prairie County Park to the Prairie Duneland Trail at the Lake/Porter County Line Road in Portage. Trail users enjoy the journey through savannahs, remnant prairies, wetlands, lakes, parks, and residential neighborhoods. USBR#36*
- Stoney Run: About eight miles of trails, with both flat and hilly terrain. The interior trails are mostly wooded with a couple of them leading to ponds. The three mile perimeter trail is a mixed use horse/pedestrian trail April through December. It is closed to equestrians in the winter.
- Three Rivers: 1 & 1/4 mile asphalt trail follows the lake edge with flat terrain. The east side of the trail is wooded.
- Turkey Creek Golf Course: Golf with a pull cart and walk the course (during off peak times)
*Developing Indiana’s First Interstate Bicycle Route is rolling along. It makes good sense to encourage long distance cycling tourism through a mapped route that requires no investment in infrastructure costs. The Erie Lackawanna Trail and the Oak Savannah Trail are on the United States Bicycle Route #36.
The Oak Savannah Trail (OST) encompasses ten miles from Oak Ridge Prairie County Park to the Prairie Duneland Trail at the Lake/Porter County Line Road in Portage. Trail users access the western segment of the trail from the trail head near the parking lot at Oak Ridge Prairie. There is parking for the eastern segment at the northeast corner of Cleveland Street and State Road 51 in Hobart. This segment is 1.25 miles in length and will take users from the Cleveland/51 intersection to the Prairie Duneland Trail.
Users should exercise extreme caution as they use the OST because several at-grade road crossing's have to be taken into consideration. Main, Chase, Harrison, Madison, Delaware, Georgia, Liverpool, and Union Streets all have moderate to heavy vehicular traffic that affects the OST.
For reservations and more information about the Lake County Parks Call 219-769-PARK
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm Central Time (Chicago Time)
Lake County Parks and Recreation Department Corporate Office
8411 East Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Just west of Deep River WaterparK 4.5 miles east of I-65 on Route 30