When I think of outstanding bike riding, I instinctively think of Wisconsin, a state which is loaded with wonderful bike trails. Last summer, my wife and I rode the famous Elroy-to-Sparta trail with its dramatic (and vaguely terrifying) tunnels. But even though I grew up in Indiana, I was not aware of the fantastic bike trails in the northwest corner of the Hoosier state; they must have sprung up after I’d moved away.
Over the 4th of July holiday, I had the chance to ride two of the trails with friends. The picture above is on the Oak Savannah trail, a trail which easily connects with the Prairie-Duneland trail. They are beautifully maintained, paved, and take you through meadows, wetlands and forests. Most of the time you are protected by shade so the ride is pleasant, even on a warm, sunny day.
My memories of growing up in East Chicago tend to conjure up the region’s industrial side. I invite you to check out these trails for a glimpse of northwest Indiana you cannot get from the interstate; they rival anything I’ve ridden in our picturesque neighbor to the north!