Dunes Kankakee Trail System

Getting There
Trailhead Parking Lots
North Trailhead: Indiana Dunes State Park, fee collection parking lot.
South Trailhead: Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 North State Road 49,
Porter, IN 46304.

GPS Coordinates
North Trailhead: 41.657873, -87.063324 (Decimal Degrees).
South Trailhead: 41.633793, -87.054220 (Decimal Degrees).

Need to Know
Hours & Information
  • Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • Free (no access fee).
  • Bikes are allowed.
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • Trail is wheelchair accessible.
  • Trail surface is paved.
  • The north trailhead is located at the Indiana Dunes State Park fee collection parking lot.
  • The south trailhead is located at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
  • Year round restrooms and potable water are available at the Visitor Center.
  • There is ample paved parking at both trailheads.


  • Stay on the trail to protect the wildlife and yourself.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.

Trail Information
Click here for a list of all biking trails at the Indiana Dunes National Park.
Download a national parks interactive trail guide phone app. Apple or Android.

Dunes Kankakee Trail
1.8 miles one-way, 83 feet of elevation gain, 1% average grade, 4% maximum grade.
Average time: 12 minutes.
The trail runs along State Road 49 from the State Park entrance to the north and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to the south. The trail also connects to the Calumet Trail and the Dune Park South Shore Railroad train station. The trail is flat with the exception of the U.S. Highway 12 and U.S. Highway 20 overpasses.

History & Background
The Dunes Kankakee Trail is an ambitious trail project that, if and when completed, will run the entire length of Porter County. It will connect the Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Park at the north end to the Kankakee River at the south end. It would tie into the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail at its southern terminus.

Last updated: March 6, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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