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 walking / running / biking trail. An official ribbon cutting will take place on October 2 at 11 a.m. at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd.

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

The west end of the trail connects to the Calumet Trail at the Porter / La Porte County line on US 12. As you head east, you will discover views overlooking a wetland of Dunes National Park. ‘Indiana, where you can observe a wide variety of plants and animals.
After crossing US 12 near the entrance to Mount Baldy, the trail takes on an industrial feel, following the tracks and past the NIPSCO cooling tower.

The trail heads east toward Michigan City Town Hall near the Uptown Arts District, then turns southeast on Michigan Boulevard, providing access to Westcott Park and the Marina de Trail Creek. It heads east on 8th Street to Winding Creek Cove Park, which offers off-street parking, two hiking trails, a wildlife viewing deck, fishing, and a kayaking launch ramp. on the shores of Trail Creek. The trail then crosses Trail Creek over the Peanut Bridge, a converted railroad bridge.

From there the trail heads east along the north side of Trail Creek and has two walks 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 in length and will end at the Michigan City city limits on Meer Road, where La Porte County will build the remainder of the trail that takes it to the state border of Michigan. Construction of part of this phase will begin in October 2021.


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