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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.

Please note: Indiana Dunes State Park located in Chesterton, Indiana is operated by the State government and is not impacted by the federal government shutdown. Only the National Lakeshore is affected.

From the National Lakeshore: In the event of a federal government shutdown, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as it always is. However, there will be no visitor services, scheduled programs or events. All offices and contact stations will be closed, and parking lots may be closed due to lack of snow removal. Hazardous or dangerous conditions may exist. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center will remain open, while partner’s staff conduct their usual business, but park staff will not be present. Emergency information may or may not be shared through the park’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. In case of emergency, visitors to the park should call 911 or 219-395-1077 for park dispatch.


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 (sections closed through August 17, 2018. Details here.)
  • 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.

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