Erie Lackawanna Trail

Erie Lackawanna Trail:

The Erie Lackawanna is the longest trail in Northwest Indiana, providing a connection between five towns from Crown Point to Hammond. There are multiple shops and places for food along the trail’s 17 paved miles for hikers and bikers to enjoy throughout their trip.

Address: Main trailhead in Crown Point on Summit behind Walgreens on Main Street

Length: 17 miles one-way, rides Crown Point to Hammond

Hours of operation: Sunrise – 30 minutes after sunset


Trail surface: Paved



Dining options off trail

Bikes permitted

Pets permitted

Bathrooms and potable water at main trailhead in Crown Point

Look out for:


Poison ivy

Road crossings, always be aware of surroundings.

Rugged: Difficult trails

Rugged trails are great for experienced hikers looking for challenging distance or something entirely new. Hikers trying these trails should be confident in their stamina and ready for a challenge!


HAMMOND — Bicyclists may soon have a new route in getting around the city.

The city, in collaboration with the Sanitary District and the city's Redevelopment Commission, is planning to construct a bicycle trail from downtown to the Grand Marquette Trail, according to a release from the city.

The connection will ultimately connect the trails from South Hammond through to Wolf Lake and a loop around the Irving Park neighborhood.

The project is expected to cost $1.5 million. On Tuesday, the Redevelopment Commission approved a resolution committing $500,000 in tax increment financing money to the project.

The City Council will be asked for another $500,000 in gaming revenue for the project.

Next Tuesday, the Sanitary District board will consider a resolution that could provide the rest of the funding needed.

The district agreed to perform a state supplemental environmental project as part of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designed to reduce discharges from the system into the area's waterways.

The district plan involves spending $500,000 to construct the bike trail with bio-swale drainage to reduce storm water runoff. 

The path with bio-swale drainage is designed with landscape elements built to concentrate or remove pollutants from surface runoff water. 

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