Despite its long history, recreational tobogganing is relatively rare in the Midwest.
Except that is at Indiana's Pokagon State Park, just north of Angola in Steuben County, where on weekends through Feb. 25, visitors can take a 20- to 30-second, quarter-mile ride down the park's 1,780-foot, dual-lane toboggan run.
It’s a short time period to experience this very old-fashioned way of travel but also a very popular one said Janet Hartsuff, public relations manager for the Steuben County Tourism Bureau.
“Each season approximately 80,000 riders enjoy a thrilling ride down Indiana’s only toboggan run at Pokagon State Park,” Hartsuff said. “We see many people who came here as children return with their own families years later.”
The toboggan run features dips and valleys along with a 90-foot overall drop on the one-quarter mile run and the top recorded speed is 42 mph.
To get an idea what the ride is like, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources partnered with the DNR has partnered with the Steuben County Tourism Bureau to produce this live video from the top of the Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park — in.gov/dnr/parklake/7529.htm. To get a cyber experience of going down the slide, visit youtube.com/watch?v=UB15L74L8mc&feature=youtu.be
While you’re there, Pokagon Park also features other winter activities, including ice skating on Lake James, the third-largest natural lake in the state, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, winter camping, hiking paths and a nature center. Spend the night at the historic Potawatomi Inn, which features dining, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool.