Glenwood Dunes

Glenwood Dunes

Dennis Gray, NPS Collection


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 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • 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.


  • 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.



Glenwood Trail System Map
Glenwood Trail System Map

Visitor Activities

  • Ride your horse along the trail
  • Cross-country ski when snow permits
  • Hike the trail year-round

Fun Facts

  • Only trail in the national lakeshore that you can ride your own horse on

Last updated: March 5, 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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