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Hike The Indiana Dunes State Park

Chesterton, Indiana

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Route Type

Loop

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Added by Jenn Koczan

Just off of Interstate 80/90 in Northwestern Indiana. An easy 1 hour drive from the city of Chicago. You will enjoy beautiful views of Lake Michigan, miles of sandy beach and challenging sand dune trails and miles of wooded trails. 

Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres and has a lot to offer for people of all ages and abilities.This park is canine friendly. You will find an enormous bath house, concession area, gift shop, nature center and a campground.  

Not only will you find miles of beach along the shore of Lake Michigan, those who enjoy the quiet and serenity of the forest will be delighted. 

Indiana Dunes State Park offers 7 hiking trails (just over 16 miles) that rate from easy to rugged. They lead you through miles of wooded trails that are both soil and sand in spots. 

You will enjoy an oak savannah, several species of wildflowers and even a wetland/marsh. Your journey through the forest will pay off with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and even over the tree tops of the forest. You almost forget that you're in Indiana.  

You can climb to the top one or all three of the parks sand dunes and if you're up for it, take part in the 3 Dune Challenge. You can hike to the top of the Furnessville Blowout or the Bathhouse Blowout for amazing views of the lake. These are great spots to sit down and enjoy a snack while you take in the view.  

I have uploaded several photographs of the park, I hope you'll swipe through them to get an idea of how wonderful Indiana Dunes State Park is. Plan a visit!

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Fitness
Chillin
Camping
Photography
Volunteering
Running
Skiing
Yoga
Swimming
Snowshoeing
Hiking
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
ADA Accessible

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