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62 mi 100 km of trail 17 Featured Hikes

Gems 9 Gems Easy Trails 32 Trails Intermediate Trails 9 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

Indiana Dunes National Park was established in 1966 to preserve certain portions of the Indiana Dunes and other areas of historic, scientific and scenic interest and recreational value in the state of Indiana. Established for the educational, inspirational, and recreational use of the public, the park annually hosts about two million visitors. The park's 15 miles of freshwater beach hugs the southern shore of Lake Michigan from Gary to Michigan City. Come and enjoy the park's 15,000 acres of prairies, sand dunes, wetlands, forests, oak savannas, and historic sites.

To learn more about Indiana Dunes National Park, visit the Indiana Dunes NPS website.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Unless otherwise posted, all public use areas are open from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset. Check the park's website for current operating hours.
  • Indiana Dunes National Park Visitor Center: 8 am to 6 pm in summer. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in winter. Open year round (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).
  • Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education: Hours vary by season.
  • Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion: Sunrise - 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Bailly/Chellberg Contact Station: Open limited hours during some special events.

Visiting Tips

Indiana Dunes National Park is open year round. Unless otherwise posted, all public use areas are open from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset. The national park's weather is greatly affected by Lake Michigan and can change quickly. Summers are warm and humid with abundant sunshine. Winters tend to be cloudy except for periods of extreme cold when skies are clear.

Fees & Passes:
All areas in the park are free with the following exceptions:

Camping & Lodging

Dunewood Campground:
  • Reservations are not accepted.
  • Stays are limited to 14 days in a 30-day period.
  • 66 campsites; 53 conventional drive-in sites; 13 walk-in sites.
  • Restrooms and showers. No electric hookups.

Food & Drink

Indiana Dunes is located in a highly developed area with services and goods available at several locations. Nearby large shopping areas can be found in Michigan City along Highways 421 and 20 and in Chesterton just south of I-94 on Indiana 49.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Indiana Dunes offers a large number of ranger-led walks and talks and interpretive programs in various locations throughout the summer. A limited number of programs are also offered throughout the rest of the year. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

Enjoy the outdoors year round at Indiana Dunes National Park. From snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter, to swimming, sunbathing, camping, and fishing in the summer, every season offers visitors a unique way to experience the park. With the many trails in the area, hiking is a great year-round activity. Visit the National Park's website for more information on the park's many activities.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

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5.8 mi 9.4 km #1 Trail 10
Chesterton, IN
5.8 mi 9.4 km Chesterton, IN
Minor Issues
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Some Mud - The bend at the east section of trail near the marsh/swap area has some mud and standing water about 6 inches deep. Be prepared for wet shoes
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0.6 mi 1.0 km #2 Dune Succession Trail
Ogden Dunes, IN
0.6 mi 1.0 km Ogden Dunes, IN
Unknown
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0.5 mi 0.9 km #3 Trail 4
Chesterton, IN
0.5 mi 0.9 km Chesterton, IN
Unknown
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1.1 mi 1.8 km #4 Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm Trail
Porter, IN
1.1 mi 1.8 km Porter, IN
All Clear
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Muddy
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0.6 mi 1.0 km #5 Trail 7
Chesterton, IN
0.6 mi 1.0 km Chesterton, IN
Unknown
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0.9 mi 1.5 km #6 Trail 3
Chesterton, IN
0.9 mi 1.5 km Chesterton, IN
Unknown
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3.0 mi 4.7 km #7 Little Calumet River / Mnoké Prairie Trail
Porter, IN
3.0 mi 4.7 km Porter, IN
Unknown
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0.3 mi 0.5 km #8 Bailly Cemetery Trail
Porter, IN
0.3 mi 0.5 km Porter, IN
Unknown
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2.5 mi 4.0 km #9 Trail 2
Chesterton, IN
2.5 mi 4.0 km Chesterton, IN
Bad / Closed
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Trail 2 is closed for repairs and high water on boardwalk.
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2.3 mi 3.7 km #10 Marquette Rail Trail
Ogden Dunes, IN
2.3 mi 3.7 km Ogden Dunes, IN
Unknown
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0.7 mi 1.1 km #11 Hobart Woodland Trail
Hobart, IN
0.7 mi 1.1 km Hobart, IN
Unknown
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8.9 mi 14.3 km #12 Oak Savannah Trail
Hobart, IN
8.9 mi 14.3 km Hobart, IN
Unknown
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1.6 mi 2.6 km #13 Long Lake Loop Trail
Ogden Dunes, IN
1.6 mi 2.6 km Ogden Dunes, IN
Unknown
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11.2 mi 18.0 km #14 Prairie Duneland Trail
Hobart, IN
11.2 mi 18.0 km Hobart, IN
Unknown
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1.8 mi 2.8 km #15 Dunes Kankakee Trail
Chesterton, IN
1.8 mi 2.8 km Chesterton, IN
Unknown
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0.5 mi 0.8 km #16 Calumet Dunes Paved Trail
Beverly Shores, IN
0.5 mi 0.8 km Beverly Shores, IN
Unknown
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3.5 mi 5.6 km #17 Porter Brickyard Trail
Porter, IN
3.5 mi 5.6 km Porter, IN
Unknown
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2.2 mi 3.6 km #18 Dunewood Trace Campground Trail
Beverly Shores, IN
2.2 mi 3.6 km Beverly Shores, IN
Unknown
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1.4 mi 2.2 km #19 West Beach Trail
Ogden Dunes, IN
1.4 mi 2.2 km Ogden Dunes, IN
Unknown
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0.3 mi 0.5 km #20 Beach Trail
Chesterton, IN
0.3 mi 0.5 km Chesterton, IN
Unknown
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1.3 mi 2.1 km #21 Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail
Chesterton, IN
1.3 mi 2.1 km Chesterton, IN
Unknown
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1.0 mi 1.5 km #22 Cowles Bog South Access (Greenbelt Trail)
Porter, IN
1.0 mi 1.5 km Porter, IN
Unknown
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0.2 mi 0.3 km #23 Nature Center Trail
Chesterton, IN
0.2 mi 0.3 km Chesterton, IN
Unknown
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9.5 mi 15.4 km #24 Calumet Bike Trail
Porter, IN
9.5 mi 15.4 km Porter, IN
Unknown
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