The Dunes (National Lakeshore) - Chesterton
My favorite place by far! It costs $5.00 daily or $36.00 for an annual pass - well worth it! Where else can you hike amazing trails and then take a stroll along the beachfront all in the same hour!?
Chellberg Farm - Porter
Free admission with gorgeous nature trails. One of my favorite winter hiking areas! The terrain is mild to medium and there is plenty of interesting things to explore: old farm house with equiptment, a cemetary, and Baily Homestead. They also have a Maple Syrup festival each year where you can taste freshly sapped maple syrup!
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve - Chesterton
This park offers easy, fun trails with great picture opportunites. It's not always easy to hike with a one year old, but this is my favorite place to bring Lyla. I have a three wheeled stroller that does pretty well on the trails, but they also have sidewalks for walking in addition to their paths. It's not the best "nature" trails, but still beautiful and a nice get away! My favorite "picnic" spots are at this location!
Imagination Glen - Portage
These trails are mostly used for mountain biking, but pre-baby, this was by far our favorite place to hike with the dogs! You might get some dirty looks from the mountain bikers if you get in their way, so keep and eye and ear out for them. We found we rarely encountered bikers and it was a great workout with the all of the hills. I can't wait to take Lyla out there once she has mastered the art of walking!