Miller Woods

Natural Areas: Miller Woods


Wetland. Click to enlarge

Much has changed here since I first visited many years ago. The Douglas Environmental Education Center is now open daily to any who care to visit (not just groups) and the trail system features a delightful out-and-back all the way to Lake Michigan. There are two joined loops right next to the Education Center that offer 0.5- and 0.9-mile options through open dune oak savanna and passing by and through wetland areas. If you only have time for a short walk, I recommend hiking the two loops as a figure eight so you can cross the boardwalk shortcut twice. The trail to the lake joins the western loop near its northwest corner; walking to the lake and back will add about 2.6 miles to your trip. There are small climbs but overall, the tread is easy. It passes numerous small wetlands and a gorgeous inland lake, all the while giving no visual hint of the industrial colossi nearby.

Trail Map

trail map

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Lake County. From US 20 X IN 51, west 1.3 miles to Lake St, then north about 2/3 miles to a parking area on the right at the Paul Douglas Environmental Education Center. Cross the pedestrian bridge over Lake Street to the center and trails.

GPS: N 41 36.366 W 87 16.069



Finder Sketch

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