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Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N 25 E
Chesterton, IN 46304
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Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach and 15 miles of trails.
DESCRIPTION OF HIKING TRAILS
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2. EASY (3 miles)—The best trail for early spring flowers and ferns. Climax forest is used for cross-country skiing during the winter season.
3. MODERATE (.75 mile)—Provides an opportunity to view succession in dunes area. Excellent for late spring wildflowers, including prickly pear cactus.
4. MODERATE (.75 mile)—Goes through dunes covered with black oak forest.
7. MODERATE (1.1 miles)—Similar to Trail 4. Most direct route from Nature Center to beach.
8. RUGGED (1.5 miles)—Goes over the tops of the three highest dunes in the Indiana Dunes State Park.
9. MODERATE (3.75 miles)—Provides best representative view of the dunes. Good view of Lake Michigan.
10. MODERATE (5.5 miles)—Hikers are rewarded by stands of white pine and a "tree graveyard" in Big Blowout. A good morning hike.
PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS.