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This scenic 57-acre national park is located on the former site of National Steel, which had access to Lake Michigan and the Burns Waterway. Now it offers lakeside trails, restroom facilities, a 3,500 square foot pavilion with a seasonal snack bar, and a glass-walled classroom / conference space. This is a must-see destination for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and hikers alike.
This county park began as a fully operational farm and private home for Colonel Robert Heffron Murray and his wife in 1934. The Murrays raised chickens and sold eggs and milk up until 1972, when Col. Murray donated the land to Porter County. Today the park hosts antique farming equipment on display, a children’s learning center focused on STEM-based programs, year-round events and festivals, hiking trails and birdwatching for the nature-loving enthusiast.