Glenwood Dunes Trail System

Glenwood Dunes Trail
 


Getting There
Need to Know
Trail Map
Featured Hikes
Nearby Hikes
Photos

This extensive trail system features interconnected loops ranging from less than a mile to nearly 15 miles and is popular with hikers, runners, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. In addition to the Glenwood Dunes Trail, the 4.4 mile round trip Dunewood Trace Campground Trail connects the Glenwood Dunes trail system to the National Lakeshore's Dunewood Campground to the east. The 2.6 mile round trip Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail connects the system to the Dune Park South Shore Railroad Station to the west. In the center, it connects to the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail. The trail surface is a mixture of packed dirt, loose sand and some sections of boardwalk. Bring a trail map, as there are 13 trail junctions. The trail system is accessible from either the Glenwood Dunes or the Calumet Dunes parking lots.


Trail Features: Fall Colors, Wildlife

 

Getting There
Trailhead Parking Lot
Glenwood Dunes Lot (main): 1475 North Brummitt Road, Chesterton, IN 46304
Calumet Dunes Lot (alternate): 1596 North Kemil Road (300E), Chesterton, IN 46304

Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Main: 41.648245, -87.015382 (Decimal Degrees)
Alternate: 41.661836, -87.010109 (Decimal Degrees)
 


Need to Know

Hours & Information

  • The Glenwood Dunes parking lot is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.
  • The Calumet Dunes parking lot is open daily from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset.
  • The Glenwood Dunes parking lot is large enough for horse trailers.
  • Horses are not permitted on any of the surrounding roads.
  • Free (no access fee).
  • Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed.
  • Bring a trail map when using this trail system.
  • There are 13 trail junctions; pay attention to where you are.
  • Pets are not permitted on the Glenwood Dunes Trail due to horses being on the trail.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter) on the other sections of the trail system.
  • There are covered picnic shelters at the Glenwood Dunes parking lot. First come, first served. No advance reservations. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Cooking fires at the picnic shelters are permitted in the provided grills or an approved carry-in grill. An approved grill is a noncombustible container with an enclosed bottom and enclosed sides with a minimum depth of 2 inches.Charcoal must be cooled and safely disposed of in a noncombustible container or removed from the area.
  • The Glenwood Dunes Trail is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The Calumet Dunes Paved Trail is wheelchair accessible.
  • The Glenwood Dunes Trail surface is a combination of loose sand and packed dirt.
  • There are restroom facilities and potable water available year round at both parking lots.
  • Horseback riding is permitted on the Glenwood Dunes Trail only from March 16 - December 14. However, if there is sufficient snow cover for cross-country skiing (3 inches or more) before December 15 or after March 15, the trail will remain closed to horseback riding. Horses are prohibited in the winter to prevent accidents with skiers on the trail.
  • Visitors must provide their own horses or ski equipment.
  • Skiers and horseback riders should complete the Glenwood Dunes Trail in a counter-clockwise fashion to allow for one-way traffic.

Safety

  • Stay on the trail to protect the wildlife and yourself.
  • Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and tuck long pants into socks to avoid ticks and poison ivy.
  • Mosquitoes can be bad in the summer.


 


Trail Map
Click here for a list of all hiking trail maps of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
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Paper trail maps are available at the trailhead kiosk and the Visitor Center.
 
Glenwood Dunes Trail Map
Glenwood Dunes Trail Map
 


Featured Hikes
Glenwood Dunes Trail
6.8 miles, 129 feet of elevation gain, 1% average grade, 4% maximum grade
Average hiking time: 4 hours

This featured loop hike is equestrian friendly and also a favorite of cross-country skiers. Park at the Glenwood Dunes parking lot located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Brummitt Road. Bring a trail map as the route has too many trail junctions and cut-offs to fully describe here. From the trailhead, hike in a counter-clockwise direction and take care when crossing roads. At the east end of the loop, take the short cut-off to avoid the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail (Note that it is a short hike to the Calumet Dunes parking lot if restroom or potable water is desired). After the cut-off, follow the trail west along U.S. Highway 12 before heading south the western-most point of the trail. Do not take the Glenwood dunes Extension Trail. Instead, follow the loop trail back to the north and then east to the parking lot.

The hike can be extended by adding the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail, Dunewood Trace Campground Trail and Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail for a total hike distance of nearly 15 miles.

Dunewood Trace Campground Trail
4.4 miles, 30 feet of elevation gain, 0% average grade, 1% maximum grade
Average hiking time: 2.5 hours

This out and back trail connects the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail and Glenwood Dunes Trail to the National Lakeshore's Dunewood Campground. Park at the Calumet Dunes parking lot as there is no non-camper parking at the campground. From the Calumet Dunes parking lot, walk around the main building to the left (south side) and follow the paved trail off to the right. The Dunewood Trace Campground Trail will break off to the left within a tenth of a mile. The trail is 4.4 miles round trip to the campground and back. As you get close to the campground, look for remnants of an old golf course.

The trail surface is a mixture or packed dirt and loose sand. Please be careful as a section of the trail runs on county road 375E. There is no sidewalk or protected path. There are restrooms and potable water at the campground. Pets are allowed on a leash on this trail.

Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail
2.6 miles, 26 feet of elevation gain, 1% average grade, 2% maximum grade
Average hiking time: 2.5 hours

This out and back trail connects with the Glenwood Dunes Trail with the South Shore Railroad's Dune Park station. There are no parking lots at either end of the trail. The nearest parking lot is the Glenwood Dunes lot located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 with Brummitt Road. Bring a trail map as the route has too many trail junctions and cut-offs to fully describe here. From the Glenwood Dunes parking lot, hike west until you reach the west end of the Glenwood Dunes trail. At the junction with the extension trail, begin the out and back hike. The trail will cross Tremont Road and ends at county road 50E. Turn around and follow the trail back to its junction with the Glenwood Dunes Trail.

The trail surface is a mixture of packed dirt and loose sand. The round trip distance from the Glenwood Dunes Trail junction to the trail's western terminus and back is 2.6 miles. Pets on a leash are allowed on this trail, but not the Glenwood Dunes Trail. Horses are not allowed on this trail.

Calumet Dunes Paved Trail
0.5 miles, 32 feet of elevation gain, 2% average grade, 5% maximum grade
Average hiking time: 45 minutes

This hike is a loop trail and is wheelchair accessible. Starting at the parking lot trailhead, hike the trail loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The path is easy to follow. Please be aware of trail junctions. Stick to the left at each junction. The first two junctions are the north and south entrances to the Glenwood Dunes Trail system. Note that no pets are allowed on the Glenwood Dunes Trail. The last trail junction is with the Dunewood Trace Campground Trail. Again, stay left. The trail ends on the opposite side of the building from where you started. Walk around the front of the building to get back to the parking lot.

 

Nearby Hikes
Great Marsh
Dune Ridge
Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm

Click
here for a list of all hiking trails in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
 

Photos
 
Glenwood Dunes Trail
Fall colors on the Glenwood Dunes trail.
 
Glenwood Dunes Trail
Trail riding on the Glenwood Dunes equestrian trail.
 
Glenwood Dunes Trail
Wintertime hiking and cross country skiing on the Glenwood Dunes trail.

Last updated: December 26, 2017

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1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

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

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