Miller Woods

Miller Woods is immediately adjacent to, and passes very close to, the Douglas Environmental Education Center (groups only) in a relatively nice part of Gary.


Expect to see lots of black oak overhead; the understory is thick with bracken.


The easy, well-marked, sandy trail consists of two joined loops that offer 0.5 and 0.9 mile options through open dune oak savanna and passing by and through wetland areas.

I recommend hiking the whole thing as a figure eight; that way you can cross the boardwalk shortcut twice and enjoy views of the adjacent pond and wetlands.


Gary, in Lake County. From the intersection of US 20 and IN 51, go west one mile to Lake St, then north about 2/3 miles to the small marked parking area on the left, just past the Paul Douglas Environmental Education Center.

North 41 36.407 West 87 16.102

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Nearby Natural Areas

Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve
Inland Marsh
West Beach


Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 11
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 133