Tolleston Dunes

Tolleston Dunes

Dennis Gray, NPS Collection


Getting There

Trailhead Parking Lots
Main Lot: 5800 U.S. Highway 12 (Dunes Highway), Ogden Dunes, IN 46368
Marsh Overlook Lot: 5634 U.S. Highway 12 (Dunes Highway), Portage, IN 46368

Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Main: 41.615056, -87.192889 (Decimal Degrees)
Marsh Overlook: 41.613499, -87.206679 (Decimal Degrees)

Need to Know

Hours & Information

  • Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • Free (no access fee).
  • Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • The main trail is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The marsh overlook is wheelchair accessible.
  • There are two picnic tables at the marsh overlook. First come, first served. No advance reservations. No cooking fires allowed.
  • Trail surface is mostly loose sand with some sections of packed dirt.
  • No restrooms or potable water.
  • The main trailhead parking lot is paved and has 19 spots (2 spots are handicap only).
  • The marsh overlook parking lot is paved and has 4 spots (1 spot is handicap only).
  • The trail is never crowded and is a great way to get away from the summer beach crowds.
  • In the winter, this trail is popular for cross-country skiers looking for a more challenging experience.


  • 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.


Tolleston Dunes Trail Map

Tolleston Dunes Trail Map
Tolleston Dunes Trail Map

Visitor Activities

  • Year-round hiking trail
  • Cross-country ski when snow permits
  • Walk to the accessible overlook that has interpretive wayside exhibits

Last updated: March 4, 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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