Old Indian

Old Indian Trail Closed through 2024

The area surrounding and including the Old Indian Trail system will be closed into the fall of 2024. An infestation of Hemlock Wolly Adelgid (HWA) has been identified in the area. HWA is an exotic invasive insect that can rapidly defoliate and kill hemlock trees.


NPS Photo/N. Schafer

Location: On M-22 north of Sutter Rd. in the southern part of the park

Parking Lot: Gravel parking lot

Restrooms: A vault toilet is located at the Parking Lot.

Water: No drinking water is available.

Trail Length: 2 loops of 2.3 miles each

Terrain: Relatively flat hardwoods and evergreen forest with a spur through low dunes to Lake Michigan. The Black Arrow Loop has some areas of steeper hills and sharp corners.

Trail Tread: Packed earth at least 36” wide

Difficulty: The Green Arrow Loop is easy hiking and skiing. The Black Arrow Loop is moderate hiking and advanced skiing because of steeper grades. Both loops have exposed cross-trail roots and some erosion resulting in minor obstacles and cross-slopes. The spur trail to Lake Michigan is hilly and the tread becomes soft sand as you walk through the dunes.

Click on the link to see a detailed description of the trail. This report describes trail obstacles and trail surface. Cell phone coverage may be limited in the Park, so download and save. Old Indian Trail Detail

Comments: This trail is located in a designated wilderness area. The spur to Lake Michigan provides access to a remote beach, where you can often have the whole beach to yourself. Because of its relatively easy terrain, it is popular with cross country skiers.




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