LaPorte County is the home of La Porte, Michigan City, and Indiana Dunes National Park. La Porte means “the door” in French, and the county was so named because early explorers found a natural opening in the dense forests that were in the region, providing a “doorway” to lands further west. LaPorte County is one of three counties bordering Lake Michigan, making Indiana a Great Lakes State. LaPorte County is home to Indiana’s only lighthouse. One of the last Interurban rail lines, the South Shore Line, runs through Michigan City as it connects South Bend with Chicago. Additionally, Amtrak’s Wolverine Service stops in Michigan City on its way between Chicago and Detroit. La Porte, the county seat, is also known as Maple City because of all of the maple trees that were planted along Indiana and Michigan Avenues. The first medical school in the midwest was established in La Porte. La Porte High School holds more state baseball titles than any other high school in the state.
Below are a list of trails and routes in LaPorte County.