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Pinhook Bog Trails @ Indiana Dunes National Park

Pinhook Bog - Indiana Dunes National Park
3 ml
2.5 hr
946 North Wozniak Road, LaPorte, IN 46350

The Pinhook Bog Trail System features two very different habitats. The Upland Trail highlights a rich beech and maple forest growing on top of a glacial moraine formed about 15,000 years ago. The Bog Trail leads to a bog in a depression in the moraine created when a large piece of ice broke off the melting glacier. The bog features an incredible habitat with unique plants.

Trail Features: Bog, Unique Plants, Wildflowers, Wildlife
Must See Gems: Pinhook Bog

Getting There
Trailhead Parking Lot
946 North Wozniak Road, LaPorte, IN 46350

Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.621214, -86.850227 (Decimal Degrees)

Need to Know

Hours & Information

  • Hours – The Upland Trail and parking lot are open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. The Bog Trail has Restricted Access. The bog is only open during ranger-led open houses on summer weekends. Program dates and times can be obtained by calling the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at (219) 395-1882. Information can also be found on the park's website calendar and Facebook page.
  • Passes are required.
  • Hike Length – Upland Trail: 2.1 miles. Bog Trail: 0.9 miles.
  • Hike Time – Upland Trail: 1.5 hours. Bog Trail: 1 hour.
  • Difficulty – Easy to moderate with some elevation change.
  • Trail Surface – Upland Trail: Packed dirt. Trail can be very wet and muddy. Bog Trail: Packed dirt with a section of floating boardwalk that submerges when walked on. Wear waterproof boots.
  • Facilities – Seasonal porta potty. No potable water.
  • Pets – Upland Trail: Permitted on a leash (6’ or shorter). Bog Trail: Prohibited for habitat protection.
  • Prohibited – Bicycles and motorized vehicles.
  • Prohibited – Littering, hunting, and removing plants.
  • Hiking off the boardwalk on the Bog Trail is strictly prohibited.
  • There are two picnic tables at the parking lot.
  • The parking lot is paved.


  • Please stay on the trail and respect closed area signs. Going off trail damages fragile habitat.
  • Wear adequate footwear. The Upland Trail can be very wet and muddy. The Bog Trail has a floating boardwalk that submerges when walked on. Wear waterproof boots.
  • Ticks are present year-round. Take precautionary measures to prevent bites.
  • Poison ivy can be present on the edges of the trail.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • In case of an emergency or to report a crime, call 1-800-PARK-TIP.


  • Trails and picnic tables are not wheelchair accessible.


Part of the Indiana Dunes National Park

Hiking Trail