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Chicago, IL: Warren Dunes State Park Loop

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Distance: 3.7 miles


Connect wooded dunes, bottomland forest, and a pristine beach on this 3.7-mile loop along Lake Michigan in Warren Dunes State Park.

Leave the trailhead and walk east to wooded dunes covered with maple, oak, and beech trees. The path ascends the dunes and passes deep ravines that drop down on both sides of the trail. Take a breather at the top of the dunes, and enjoy the bird's-eye view of Lake Michigan through the trees. Next, the trail descends to Painterville Creek and follows it northwest through bottomland forest. After 1.5 miles, you’ll climb out of the woods to grassy dunes overlooking the lake. From here, the path turns south for the return trip back to the trailhead. Pack a picnic and bring a swimsuitthe last mile of the hike travels a pristine beach on Lake Michigan's southern shores. Mapped by Ted Villaire

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Tashiana
Jan 13, 2013

I can not even understand why you would even list this as Chicago, it's an hour and a half away!! Why all the confusion with Michigan lately? In the last issue, you've also listed Nordhouse Dunes being close to Grand Rapids....um NO!! It's in Ludington, MI on the actual Lakeshore and Grand Rapids is in the middle of the state! Warren Dunes is in Bridgman, MI. Grand Mere State Park is in Stevensville, MI. and Nordhouse Dunes are in Ludington,MI. These are great places yet you are giving false information that isn't going to help anyone looking for these trails.

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