Calumet Trail System

Getting There
Trailhead Parking Lots
East Trailhead: 2752 U.S. Highway 12, Town of Pines, IN 46360.
West Trailhead: 1184 North Mineral Springs Road, Dune Acres, IN 46304.

GPS Coordinates
East Trailhead: 41.699686, -86.932947(Decimal Degrees).
West Trailhead: 41.636898, -87.087185 (Decimal Degrees).

Need to Know

Hours & Information
  • Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • Free (no access fee).
  • Bikes are allowed.
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • Trail is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Trail surface is gavel with standing water for much of the year.
  • The paved parking lot at the east trailhead has 8 spaces.
  • There are no restrooms or potable water source at the east trailhead.
  • The paved parking lot at the west trailhead has 18 spots (1 handicap).
  • There are year round porta-potties, but no potable water source at the west trailhead.


  • Stay on the trail to protect the wildlife and yourself.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.

Trail Information
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Calumet Trail
9.5 miles one-way, 23 feet of elevation gain, 0% average grade, 1% maximum grade.
Average time: 1.5 hours.

The trail follows the South Shore Railroad tracks and NIPSCO power lines. There is no shade. The trail can be impassible (i.e. wet shoes) due to standing water along much of the trail that can be 4-6" deep in spots. The trail is not suitable for road bikes.

The Calumet Trail connects to many trail systems. The west trailhead parking lot connects to the Porter Brickyard Trail and the Cowles Bog Trail System (no bikes allowed). There is access to the Dunes Kankakee Trail and Indiana Dunes State Park trail system at the South Shore Dunes Park train station. At East State Park Road (Kemil Road or 300E), there is access across U.S. Highway 12 to the Glenwood Dunes Trail System (no bikes allowed) and the Calumet Dunes Trail (no bikes allowed). At Broadway Avenue (Beverly Shores), there is access to the Great Marsh Trail (no bikes allowed) and the Dunewood Campground. At the east trailhead, the parking lot on U.S. Highway 12 is close to the Mount Baldy Trail System.

Last updated: March 6, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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