Hobart Prairie Grove Trail System

Hobart Prairie Grove.
 


Getting There
Need to Know
Trail Map
Featured Hikes
Nearby Hikes
Photos

Hobart Prairie Grove consists of forested ravines and a portion of scenic Lake George, which is part of the Deep River. The Hobart Woodland trail offers views of forest ravines and has an overlook of Lake George. The Oak Savannah rail trail runs through the Hobart Prairie Grove and is a great place for biking, pushing a stroller or just hiking to relax and improve your health.

The Hobart Prairie Grove preserves several habitats including wetlands, prairie remnants, white oak flatlands, and a rare bur oak savanna. At about 300 acres in size, it contains 343 native plants and an abundance of wildlife. This area is also noteworthy because of a unique soil that is made up of at least 70 percent silt and clay with the smaller portions of sand. This type of soil is one of the reasons for the outstanding diversity of life here at Hobart Prairie Grove. This very special place was added to the National Park System as part of a 1992 expansion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore owns two miles of the almost nine mile Oak Savannah trail that extends from Hobart to the east and Griffith to the west. The trail uses the corridor of the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad. In Hobart, the trail connects with the Prairie Duneland rail trail, which runs all the way to Chesterton and Porter.

Trail Features: Fall Colors, Views, Lake, River, Wildlife

 

Getting There
Trailhead Parking Lots
Main Lot (west end): Robinson Lake Park, 5227 South Liverpool Road, Hobart, IN 46342
Alternate Street Parking (east end): 851 South Wisconsin Street, Hobart, IN 46342

Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Main (west): 41.523898, -87.307101 (Decimal Degrees)
Alternate (east): 41.523683, -87.269201 (Decimal Degrees)
 


Need to Know

Hours & Information

  • Open daily from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Free (no access fee).
  • Bicycles are allowed on the Oak Savannah paved rail trail.
  • Bicycles are not allowed on the Hobart Woodland hiking trail.
  • ATV's and other motorized vehicles are not allowed.
  • Hunting is not allowed.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • The Oak Savannah rail trail is paved and wheelchair accessible.
  • The Hobart Woodland trail surface is packed dirt and is not wheelchair accessible.
  • No restrooms or potable water source.
  • The main parking lot at Robinson Lake Park on the west end is paved and has room for 16 cars.
  • There is on-street parallel parking at the east end on South Wisconsin Street.


Safety

  • Stay on the trail to protect the wildlife and yourself.
  • Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and tuck long pants into socks to avoid ticks and poison ivy.
 


Trail Map
Click here for a list of all hiking trail maps of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Download a national parks interactive trail guide phone app. Apple or Android.
 
Oak Savannah Trail
Trail map of the Hobart Woodland trail and Oak Savannah rail trail.
 
Hobart Woodland Trail
Hobart Woodland trail. Access from the Oak Savannah trail.
 

Featured Hikes
Hobart Woodland Trail
2.2 miles, 40 feet of elevation gain, 1% average grade, 3% maximum grade
Average hike time: 1 hour

This featured hike is an out and back trail. The hike can be started from either end of the Oak Savannah trail, but the preferred start is from the Robinson Lake Park parking lot off of Liverpool Road. Follow the Oak Savannah rail trail east for just under a half mile. Look for the the Hobart Woodland trailhead on the south side of the rail trail just before the woods start. There is a foot bridge and map kiosk. The packed dirt double-track trail will head south following the wood line for a short distance before entering the woods. The trail makes its way through rare bur oak savanna to Lake George. This a small loop offering scenic views of the lake.

Oak Savannah Rail Trail
3.9 miles, 30 feet of elevation gain, 0% average grade, 3% maximum grade
Average hike time: 2 hours

This featured hike is an out and back rail trail. The trail is paved and well marked. The hike can be started from either end but the preferred start is from the Robinson Lake parking lot off of Liverpool Road. Follow the rail trail to the east for just under two miles. Turn around at Wisconsin Street and follow the trail west back to the parking lot. The trail crosses several ravines and scenic Lake George, part of the Deep River.

 

Nearby Hikes
West Beach
Miller Woods
Tolleston Dunes

Click
here for a list of all hiking trails in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
 

Photos
 
Hobart Woodland Trail
Views from the Hobart Woodland trail.
 
Hobart Woodland Trail
Lake George on the Hobart Woodland trail.
 
Hobart Woodland Trail
Hobart Woodland Trail.
 
Fallen tree on the Hobart Woodland trail.
Fallen tree on the Hobart Woodland trail.

Last updated: June 4, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

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

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