“An easy trail that showcases rare habitat and scenic views of Lake George.
— Rafi Wilkinson
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife
The Hobart Prairie Grove preserves several habitats including wetlands, prairie remnants, white oak flatlands, and a rare bur oak savanna. At about 300 acres in size, it contains 343 native plants and an abundance of wildlife. This area is also noteworthy because of a unique soil that is made up of at least 70 percent silt and clay with the smaller portions of sand. This type of soil is one of the reasons for the outstanding diversity of life here at Hobart Prairie Grove. This very special place was added to the National Park System as part of a 1992 expansion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Trail is open daily from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset. No ATV or other motorized vehicles allowed. Hunting is not permitted. Bicycles are not allowed off the Oak Savannah Trail
. Stay on the trail to protect the wildlife and yourself. Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter). There are no restrooms or potable water source.
Need to Know
The National Park Service needs your help to ensure that Hobart Prairie Grove is protected. Please stay on the trail to help protect the plants and wildlife and to avoid any poison ivy growing along the trail.
If you see any illegal activity such as hunting, ATV use, or camping, please call 1-800-Park TIP (727-5847); or if it’s an emergency, dial 911.
The Hobart Woodland Trail
is an extension off the Oak Savannah Trail
. Park at the Robinson Lake parking lot on South Liverpool Road just north of East 53rd Avenue. Follow the Oak Savannah Trail
east for just under a half mile. Look for the the Hobart Woodland trailhead on the south side of the rail trail just before the woods start. There is a foot bridge. The packed dirt singletrack trail will head south following the wood line for a short distance before entering the woods. The trail makes its way to a scenic overlook of Lake George. There a small loop offering different views of the lake.
History & Background
The national lakeshore was established in 1966 to preserve for the educational, inspirational, and recreational use of the public, certain portions of the Indiana Dunes and other areas of scenic, scientific, and historic interest and recreational value in the state of Indiana. About two million annual visitors enjoy the parks 15,000 acres of wetlands, prairies, sand dunes, oak savannas, forests, and historic sites. The parks beach hugs the southern shore of Lake Michigan from Gary, IN, to Michigan City, IN. For more information, visitnps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/…