New Michigan City trail, a major link between Chicago and Michigan, is open


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Michigan City officials have announced the opening of the Singing Sands walk/run/bike trail. An official ribbon cutting will take place Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd.

This trail is Michigan City’s segment of the regional Marquette Greenway Trail that connects Chicago-area trails to trails in southwest Michigan. This non-motor trail is open to the public year round and follows ADA and Recreational Trails guidelines.

The west end of the trail connects to the Calumet Trail at the Porter/La Porte County line on U.S. 12. Heading east, you will encounter views overlooking an Indiana Dunes National Park wetland, where you can observe a large variety of plants and animals.
After crossing U.S. 12 near the entrance to Mount Baldy, the trail takes on an industrial feel, following the railroad tracks and passing the NIPSCO cooling tower.

The trail heads east toward Michigan City’s City Hall in close proximity to the Uptown Arts District, then turns southeast on Michigan Boulevard, giving access to Westcott Park and the Trail Creek Marina. It heads east on 8th Street to Winding Creek Cove Park, which offers off-street parking, two hiking trails, a wildlife observation deck, fishing, and a kayak launch on the banks of Trail Creek. The trail then crosses Trail Creek on the Peanut Bridge, a repurposed railroad bridge.

From there the trail heads east along the north side of Trail Creek and features two boardwalks along the creek. The trail ends at Liberty Trail.

This segment of the trail is 3.6 miles long. The final phase of the trail will be approximately 5 miles long and will end at Michigan City’s city limits on Meer Road, where La Porte County will construct the remainder of the trail that will take it to the Michigan state line. Construction of a portion of that phase will begin in October 2021.

One Response to “New Michigan City trail, a major link between Chicago and Michigan, is open”

  1. Mike Stewart

    Sep 15. 2021

    Great that Michigan City’s (and LaPorte County’s) is finally happening.
    Now if Porter County on the West, would get “on the stick” and restore their Calumet Trail, which is almost unridable, it being in such sad state of disrepair. In Spring or after rains, it’s so full of deep water it’s almost impassable. C’mon Porter County, you should be ashamed to let your trail be so bad.

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