“A trail segment that connects the south parking lot to the Cowles Bog Trail.”
— Rafi Wilkinson
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Free parking and access. The parking lot and trail are open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. No bicycles or motorized vehicles allowed. Stay on the trail to protect the wildlife and yourself. The trail is not accessible to wheelchairs. The parking lot is paved and has spaces for 18 cars with 1 handicap spot. A year round porta-potty is available. There is no potable water source. Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
This trail segment connects the south parking lot to the Cowles Bog trail system. See the Cowles Bog Trail
page for the featured run at Cowles Bog. Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves, and tuck long pants into socks to avoid ticks and poison ivy.
This parking lot also serves the Calumet Rail Trail and Porter Brickyard Bike Trail.
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