Little Calumet River Trail

The Little Calumet River Trail is located within the Bailley Homestead / Chellberg Farm complex of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.


Head west from the parking area into Mnoké Prairie, a 120-acre restoration work in progress. Goldenrod and Queen Anne’s lace seem to dominate in late summer, but other plants of open spaces appear here and there.

Mnoke Prairie

Eventually the trail descends through woods and approaches, then crosses, the Little Calumet River and associated low areas. An extensive boardwalk allows close inspection of the wetlands; cardinal flower occurs here.

Little Calumet

Though I generally prefer to turn back at this point, the trail does continue north, looping around the Environmental Learning Center before turning east, crossing Howe Road, and connecting to the Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm trail system.


Porter County. From I-94 exit 22, go east 1.7 miles on US 20, then north 0.5 miles on Mineral Springs Rd, then left 0.5 miles on Oak Hill Road, then left 0.9 miles on Howe Road to the parking area on the right.

North 41 37.272 West 87 05.578
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Restrooms at the nearby Bailly/Chellberg Visitor Center.

Nearby Natural Areas

Cowles Bog
Indiana Dunes State Park
Inland Marsh
Kemil Beach
Ly-co-ki-we Trail
West Beach


Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 18
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 13
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 126