Porter Brickyard Trail

Getting There
Trailhead Parking Lots
North Trailhead: 1184 North Mineral Springs Road, Dune Acres, IN 46304.
South Trailhead: 198 South Jackson Boulevard, Chesterton, IN 46304.

GPS Coordinates
North Trailhead: 41.645191, -87.084633 (Decimal Degrees).
South Trailhead: 41.610336, -87.073872 (Decimal Degrees).

Need to Know
Hours & Information

  • Open daily from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Free (no access fee).
  • Bikes are allowed.
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • Trail is wheelchair accessible.
  • Trail surface is paved.
  • The paved parking lot at the north trailhead has 18 spots (1 handicap).
  • There are year round porta-potties, but no potable water source at the north trailhead.
  • The paved parking lot at the south trailhead has ample parking spaces.
  • There are no restrooms or potable water source at the south trailhead.

Safety

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


Trail Information
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Porter Brickyard Trail
3.5 miles one-way, 102 feet of elevation gain, 1% average grade, 5% maximum grade.
Average time: 30 minutes.

The north trailhead is located at the Cowles Bog Trail System (no bikes allowed) parking lot located at U.S. Highway 20 and Mineral Springs Road. There is a year round porta-potty, but no potable water source. This parking lot also serves as the western trailhead of the Calumet Trail (bikes allowed), which runs east for 9.5 miles to Michigan City.

From the north parking lot, the trail heads south and immediately crosses over U.S. Highway 12 using a pedestrian overpass. The next section features winding trail through the national lakeshore's Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm complex. The trail picks up Howe Road and travels south to U.S. Highway 20, crossing the highway using a pedestrian overpass.

The rest of the trail to the south uses a mixture of sidewalks, dedicated paths and city streets to the southern trailhead parking lot. The Prairie Duneland Trail (bikes allowed), which runs from Chesterton to Hobart, shares this lot as its eastern trailhead. The parking lot is paved with ample parking spaces.





Last updated: May 19, 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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