The Beach at Mt. Baldy will reopen at noon on July 14, 2017. Mt. Baldy dune trail will remain closed
July 12, 2017-The Beach at Mt. Baldy is reopening 4 years after a boy fell in a sinkhole at Indiana’s tallest dune. 6 year old Nathan Woessner was suddenly sucked into the sand as he was walking the trail with his family. The tragedy garnered worldwide attention and led park officials to close the entire area to the public in July, 2013. Nathan reportedly made a full recovery after weeks of hospitalization. Park officials closed the area and brought in scientists from around the world to study the dune and determine what may have gone wrong.
In a written statement today, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore said the beach would reopen on Friday July 14, 2017. “Even with the beach open, the dune at Mount Baldy will remain closed for public safety and dune protection. Access to the beach is from the Mount Baldy parking lot via a designated trail directly west of the dune. The trail is about 1/2 mile long and somewhat strenuous. The trail travels through an oak woodland and a newly marked trail will guide visitors from the wooded trail down to the beach. Please use only the marked route for your safety and resource protection and pay attention to all park signs” the notice stated. Weekly ranger guided tours to the top of the dune will be conducted.
Access to the small beach is limited and parking spaces are expected to fill quickly. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early. For more information and to reserve a spot on one of the free hikes, call the park visitor center at 219-395-1882.