Discover much more than just sand dunes as you hike through 14 distinct trail systems covering more than 50 miles of trails.
A wide variety of hiking trails traverse the various habitats and cultural history of Indiana Dunes National Park. The varying lengths and difficulty levels make it easy to choose the trail that's right for you. From a short easy stroll to a challenging all-day trek, most of the trails are open all year and the hiking experience will change with each season.
Paper trail maps are available at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and at each trailhead kiosk.
14 Hiking Trail Systems
Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm, Little Calumet River and Mnoké Prairie Trail System
Calumet Dunes Trail System
Cowles Bog Trail System
Dune Ridge Trail System
Glenwood Dunes Trail System
Great Marsh Trail System
Heron Rookery Trail System
Hobart Prairie Grove Trail System
Oak Savannah hike: Easy, 3.9 miles in length, average hike time of 2 hours.
Mount Baldy Trail System*
Paul H. Douglas Trail (Miller Woods)
Featured hike: Moderate, 3.4 miles in length, average hike time of 2.5 hours.
This trail winds through several habitats including wetlands, globally rare black oak savanna, open dunes and beach. The views of the lake and the dunes are incredible.
Pinhook Trail System
Upland hike: Moderate, 2.1 miles in length, average hike time of 1.5 hours.
The Upland Trail highlights a rich beech and maple forest growing on top of a glacial moraine formed about 15,000 years ago. The Upland Hike is open to the public year round without the need for a guided tour.
Bog hike*: Easy, 0.9 miles in length, average hike time of 1 hour.
The Bog Trail leads to a bog in a depression in the moraine created when a large piece of ice broke off the melting glacier. The bog features an incredible habitat with unique plants.
*Restricted Access. Access to Pinhook Bog requires advance approval and accompaniment by authorized staff. There are ranger-led open houses on weekends in the summer. Program dates and times can be obtained by calling the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at (219) 395-1882. Information is also listed in the park's newspaper The Singing Sands and on the park's website calendar and Facebook page.
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Featured hike: Easy, 1.5 miles in length, average hike time of 45 minutes.
This popular location is a great place to view the ever-changing seasons along Lake Michigan and watch dramatic weather and clouds build over the lake. It's an easy location to watch for migrating birds in the spring and summer, and observe shelf ice that forms along the beach edge in the winter.
Tolleston Dunes Trail System
Featured hike: Moderate, 2.9 miles in length, average hike time of 2 hours.
This trail winds amid varied habitats ranging from oak savanna to wetlands and plants such as prickly pear cactus, butterfly weed and lupines. Features a separate wheelchair accessible trail with quick access to an observation deck with picnic tables.
West Beach Trail System
3-Loop Hike: Moderate to rugged, 3.5 miles in length, average hike time of 3 hours.
Dunes Succession Hike: Moderate, 1.0 mile in length, average hike time of 45 minutes.
These trails offer a great combination of hiking and relaxing at the beach. The trails are varied and encompass many habitats. There are great views from the top of the Dune Succession Trail stairs, a beautiful pinery of jack pines, birding opportunities along Long Lake and secluded sections of forest.
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Last updated: January 13, 2020