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Fall Color Focus

Each autumn, Mother Nature paints LaPorte County with a glorious blaze of reds, oranges and golds and while it’s not easy to predict when and where is the best place to see this vibrant foliage, here’s a few tips:

Generally, Northern Indiana reaches peak fall color in early to mid-October, according to the online site “Trip Savvy – A State-by-State Guide to Fall Colors.”

The best color is found along forested roadways and in state, national and county parks. The LaPorte County Parks (7am-sunset) provide more than 600 acres at 4 locations, each with its own personality, amenities and are great for leaf peeping by car, walking or biking the trails. Here they are:

  • Bluhm County Park, Westville – Nature trails, paved trails, and mountain bike trails roam through acres of forest and prairie, plus a large wetland area where waterfowl, including wood ducks and geese, are common.
  • Creek Ridge County Park, Michigan City – A series of boardwalks make hiking easy in this park, where deer, fox, raccoons, and rabbits live in open-field prairies, wetlands, and hardwood forests.
  • Luhr County Park, LaPorte – Enjoy paved trails and boardwalks, stocked pond, and climb the observation tower.
  • Red Mill County Park, Michigan City – Multi-use trails make this a great spot for hikers and mountain bikers. The headwaters of the Little Calumet River are located here, with burbling water that’s a feast for the eyes, along with 23 acres of wetlands and open water.

And Michigan City serves as the unofficial gateway to the Indiana Dunes National Park, which has been voted one of the Top 10 places for fall color in the state. Miles of forested trails, ablaze with fall color, head inland from Lake Michigan beaches.

This fall, slip away to LaPorte County into colorful corridors that beg for exploration…

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