Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is a 179-acre state dedicated nature preserve. The park is notable for its unique and globally rare dune and swale ecosystem. Higher dunes alternate with wetland and swales and provide a habitat to many rare and endangered species of flora. In order to preserve and protect this park we ask you not to walk animals on trails as well as follow all other rules.
6201 Parrish Avenue Hammond, IN 46323
Current Park Hours (March-October) 9AM - 5PM, Tuesdays-Sundays, Closed Mondays and Holidays
The Environmental Awareness Center (EAC) is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4PM
Closed annually for the winter holidays.
Private Bird Room reservations available select Wednesdays & Fridays
Environmental Awareness Center phone: 219-844-3188
nature preserve rules
While owned and operated by the Lake County Parks, Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is a state dedicated preserve due to its rare plants and animals, some listed as endangered. Because of the rarity of this site, please observe the following rules during your visit:
stay on designated trails. For seasonal trail closures and accessibility, please click here for the map.
leave pets at home
take only pictures, leave only footprints
trails are off-limits to bikes, motorized and other non-motorized vehicles
Features of Gibson Woods
Environmental awareness center
Wildlife viewing room ***limited occupancy due to COVID*** Private Reservations Available.