Hikes in Indiana

Set your sights on Indiana Dunes National Park, which preserves scenic waterfront on Lake Michigan at the north end of the state. Dunewood Campground is a good place to stay in the park, and there are several trails to explore, including the self-guided Dune Succession Trail, which depicts the ecological transition from sand dune to forest on the great lake’s shore.

Indiana Dunes National Park became the first and only national park in Indiana in February 2019. The area was previously protected as Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Indiana Dunes National Park
A summer sunset at Indiana Dunes National Park


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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Succession Trail West Beach hike beach Lake Michigan
Dune Succession Trail in the West Beach area of Indiana Dunes National Park offers a mile-long look at the stages of dune development, starting with a beach on the shore of Lake Michigan and ending with a boardwalk through a forest that has risen from the sand. The loop has 100 feet of elevation change, covered by 250 boardwalk steps. In addition to the ecology lesson, the self-guided... Read more.
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Tagged with · Lake Michigan · National Parks · Nature Trails · Sand Dunes
Distance: 1 mile · Elevation change: 100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: February 17, 2019
Indiana Dunes National Park Camping Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore camping Dunewood Campground
Indiana Dunes National Park protects 15,000 acres of lakefront, dunes, bogs, and marshes on the edge of Lake Michigan in northeastern Indiana. Dunewood Campground is the principal campground in the park with 78 sites (53 drive-up sites and 25-walk-in sites). The first-come first-serve campground is open seasonally from April to October. A drive-up site at Dunewood Campground Sites... Read more.
Tagged with · National Parks · Tent Camping
By: Published: Last updated: February 17, 2019