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Indiana Dunes Trails

The Indiana Dunes has an impressive trail system which can be used for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding. Combined, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park offer more than 60 miles of trails.

Hikers can choose from a variety of lengths and difficulties. Trails range from easy to rugged and are anywhere between a half mile to 10 miles long. The trails are a great way to view the different habitats within the Indiana Dunes, observe birds and wildlife and examine the vast variety of flora and fauna.




Indiana Dunes State Park Trails

The Indiana Dunes State Park offers seven trails through the park which are available for both hiking and cross-country skiing.

  • Trail #2 - easy, 3 miles long, best trail for early spring flowers and ferns
  • Trail #9 - moderate, 3.75 miles long, provides the best view of the dunes and a great view of Lake Michigan
  • Trail #8 - most rugged trail, takes hikers over the tops of the three highest dunes
  • Calumet Bike Trail - runs through the park as well as some neighboring communities



Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Trails

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore provides 45 miles of trails for visitors to explore the park’s various habitats. Trails are available for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

  • Glenwood Dunes Trail - a horse trail in addition to being a hiking trail
  • Marquette and Calumet Dunes trails - multi-use trails, great for cycling through the park
  • Heron Rookery Trail - excellent for bird watching, view forested watershed, reclaimed farmland, and spring flowers
  • Cowles Bog Trail - a great way to experience several different habitats including ponds, marshes, open beach and a stand of northern white cedars
  • Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Trail - connects the historic areas through beautiful woods and old fields, an excellent place to view spring wildflowers and fall colors



Whether you enjoy hiking a rugged trail, taking an easy stroll to view the birds and wildflowers, cross-country skiing in the gently falling snow or riding your horse amidst the vibrant fall foliage, the Indiana Dunes is sure to have the perfect trail for you.

Header image courtesy of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

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