What better way to spend a day at the dunes than riding your bike. Whether you ride from your house or pack up your bike and drive to the lakeshore, you're sure to have a fun day. As you plan your bike trip remember to bring a few simple things:
There are two bike trails within the park:
Calumet Bike Trail (maintained by Porter County Parks Department) a 10-mile off-road trail that runs from Highway 12 near Mt. Baldy to the Cowles Bog parking area at Mineral Springs Road. The trail is flat with a surface of packed crushed limestone. There is parking available at most road crossings for this trail.
Marquette Trail (maintained by the national lakeshore) a multi-use trail that runs about 2 miles from County Line road at West Beach on the east and Grand Boulevard on the west. Parking is available next to the national lakeshore's maintenance facility (look for the trail parking sign near the bridge on County Line road). The trail is flat with a surface of packed crushed limestone.
LaPorte and Porter Counties both have several bike routes for you to enjoy outside of your National Park. Porter County's Duneland Loop uses the Calumet Trail between 500 east and Kemil roads.
We hope you enjoy your day in the dunes on your bike safely.
Did You Know?
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has more than 1,135 native plant species distributed over six plant communities. Among all the national parks in the United States, it ranks seventh in plant diversity. This is an amazing feat for 15,000+ acres.