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Cowles Bog, Chesterton

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Cowles Bog is a 4,000-year-old wetland complex in Indiana Dunes National Park, near Chesterton, Indiana. It is named for Henry Chandler Cowles who did his pioneering work in ecology and ecological succession here. His work brought international attention to the area which led to efforts to preserve the Indiana Dunes. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965. It contains bog, fen, marsh, wet meadow, swamp, and pond habitats.
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  • This is AllTrails #1 hike in the state of Indiana and our favorite hike and activity in Indiana Dunes NP. This the hike that really shows off the plant diversity of this park with marshes, bog... 
    This is AllTrails #1 hike in the state of Indiana and our favorite hike and activity in Indiana Dunes NP. This the hike that really shows off the plant diversity of this park with marshes, bog...  more »
  • Cowles Bog trail has intrigued us for years, ever since that first visit when we went the wrong way! You go along the marsh area, through oak savanna, up the dune to a vantage of Lake Michigan and... 
    Cowles Bog trail has intrigued us for years, ever since that first visit when we went the wrong way! You go along the marsh area, through oak savanna, up the dune to a vantage of Lake Michigan and...  more »
  • Based on the recommendation for a nice hike by the ranger at the National Park Visitor Center, I went on the Cowles Bog Trail. Being a weekday, I saw only a couple of cars at the parking lot near... 
    Based on the recommendation for a nice hike by the ranger at the National Park Visitor Center, I went on the Cowles Bog Trail. Being a weekday, I saw only a couple of cars at the parking lot near...  more »

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