Cowles Bog Trail System
Trailhead Parking Lots
Main Lot (north): 1450 North Mineral Springs Road, Dune Acres, IN 46304
Greenbelt Lot (south): 1184 North Mineral Springs Road, Dune Acres, IN 46304
(Look for the entrance road on the left just after the railroad tracks)
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Main (north): 41.645191, -87.084633 (Decimal Degrees)
Greenbelt (south): 41.636898, -87.087185 (Decimal Degrees)
Need to Know
Hours & Information
The Cowles Bog loop trail can also be accessed from the south using the Greenbelt Trail at the south parking lot.
History and Background
Henry Cowles was a botanist from the University of Chicago. He published an article entitled "Ecological Relations of the Vegetation on Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan," in the Botanical Gazette in 1899 that established Cowles as the "father of plant ecology" in North America. The article brought international attention to the intricate ecosystems existing on the dunes.
The trail is a partnership between the National Park Service and the Town of Dune Acres.
Last updated: March 6, 2019