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 (renamed the Indiana Dunes National Park in 2019).
Trail Features: Fall Colors, Views, Lake, River, Wildlife
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
Oak Savannah Rail Trail
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.
Last updated: January 9, 2020