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Indiana Dunes

Please note: To protect public health and slow the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, all facilities and buildings, including restrooms, are closed until further notice at Indiana Dunes National Park. In addition, all public and school programs at the park are cancelled. Stay tuned to their social media for updates. The park's trails, beaches and parking lots are still open. 

Stretching 25 miles east along Lake Michigan's south shore, the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park welcome nearly four million guests to their sandy beaches and beautiful trails each year. Enjoy a family camping trip, an ecological study or just a relaxing day at the beach.

The Indiana Dunes National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers and forests, offering a wide variety of activities year-round.

Visitors can take advantage of beautiful beachesunique hiking trails and the historic sites of Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm.

The national park is a beautiful spot for hiking, with 11 trails throughout the park of varying lengths and difficulty levels.

Photo credit: Pete Doherty

At the Indiana Dunes State Park, large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan.

Three miles of beaches run along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. The park also offers 16.5 miles of trails, several that traverse Mount Tom. Enjoy everything the park has to offer with a stay at their campground.

There is a small fee for parking at the state park.

Photo credit: Indiana DNR