Exploring Miller Woods in Indiana

Hello, friends! A few weeks ago, I spent some time in Indianapolis where my best friend and sister currently live. We had such a fun weekend exploring Indy! Friday night we went to an Indians baseball game (Indy’s minor league team). Saturday’s highlight was…

Indianapolis Segway Tour

…segway tours! I won’t lie – I normally poke a little fun at the people I see riding segways in Chicago – I much prefer any form of active transportation to see a city. But it was actually really fun! We rode around the canal in downtown Indy and saw lots of things that I didn’t know existed such as the 9/11 Memorial and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

In addition to the sites, there was no shortage of food over the weekend! We especially enjoyed the outdoor patio at The Eagle and ice cream at Subzero on Mass Ave, and beers on the patio at Chilly Water.

On Sunday, I headed back to Chicago with a stop in Lafayette for brunch with friends at Heirloom Restaurant. Having grown up near Lafayette, I was pretty surprised that I had never eaten here before! They only serve brunch on Sundays, but it was delicious, and I would definitely go back to try their dinner menu.

Before hopping back in the car, I wanted to find somewhere to do a trail run before getting back to Chicago (I’m currently training for a half marathon!). I was looking for somewhere close to the interstate and stumbled upon Miller Woods! Only ten minutes from I65, Miller Woods is a hidden gem within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

With 3.5+ miles of hiking (or trail running), the trails weave through various landscape including sandy dunes, wetlands and globally rare oak savanna. You can even hike all the way out to Lake Michigan. The trails are mostly dirt and sand single track with a little bit of gravel at the trail head.

The scenery was beautiful, and the sandy hills provided a challenging workout. I would note it’s not always the most peaceful of hikes – freight trains pass alongside the park pretty frequently but can be heard less as you get further along the trails. But with easy parking and free access, exploring Miller Woods is definitely worth a stop on the way to or from Chicago!

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