If beaches aren't what spring to mind when Indiana is the topic, consider an enlightening excursion to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where dunes, beaches, savannah, marsh, fen and forest compete for the savvy outdoors enthusiast's attention.
The Penrose system of trails (including Liberty, Patriot and Independence Trails) tend to be on the rough and dangerous side, but Liberty is the gentlest of the lot, often used as an "escape route" from its rockier brothers. Which isn't to say that Liberty Trail isn't rocky itself or lacks obstacles. The first obstacle is "The Gap," a waterfall with a massive opening in the middle that a vehicle can't quite straddle - you'll either need to dip part of the vehicle into the gap or go careful along the edge. Then there's the Waterfall and its tricky ledges. The rocks get more and more as you go. The "V" obstacle involves manuevering around slabs of rock, the Wall is a ledge you have to drop right down, and then there's the Cube, if you feel like driving over a rock.
Map + Directions
From Colorado Springs
Take I-25 south, taking the Tejon Exit (exit 140).
Take a right on Nevada Avenue and follow the signs to Highway 115.
You'll drive Highway 115 for 32 miles.
Take a right on 3rd Street, just before you reach Penrose. Follow the signs again, this time to Brush Hollow Reservoir.
Take a right on E Street (or County Road 127). Continue on this street. You'll pass two cattle guards and climb into the trees. The entrance to Independence Trail to your left - continue past a flat area with a lot of boulders and when you reach the next intersection, take a left. Watch for the trailhead sign.
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