Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

Gibson Woods forest

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is a 179-acre state dedicated nature preserve. The park is notable for its unique and globally rare dune and swale ecosystem. Higher dunes alternate with wetland and swales and provide a habitat to many rare and endangered species of flora. In order to preserve and protect this park we ask you not to walk animals on trails as well as follow all other rules.

Address6201 Parrish Avenue
Hammond, IN 46323

Hours

  • Park gates are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March through October, Tuesday-Sunday.
  • The Environmental Awareness Center (EAC) is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. year round

Phone

Environmental Awareness Center phone: 219-844-3188

Features of Gibson Woods

  • Environmental awareness center
  • Wildlife viewing room
  • Gift shop
  • Hiking trails
  • Interpretive staff
  • School and group tours
  • Bird, Insect, and Wildlife hotspot
  • Toilets (flush)

nature preserve rules

While owned and operated by the Lake County Parks, Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is a state dedicated preserve due to its rare plants and animals, some listed as endangered. Because of the rarity of this site, please observe the following rules during your visit:

  • stay on designated trails
  • leave pets at home
  • take only pictures, leave only footprints
  • trails are off-limits to bikes, motorized and other non-motorized vehicles


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