Over 50 miles of hiking trails spread across Indiana Dunes National Park. Hitting the trails is one of the best ways to connect to this landscape. Please review the following information to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable park adventure.
Please visit Hike Smart for general hiking safety tips.
Ticks and Insects: Bites and Stings
Ticks and biting insects such as mosquitos present a serious risks to visitors because of their ability to transmit disease. Mitigate the risk with these tips:
Stinging insects such as wasps and bees have the potential to cause dangerous allergic reactions:
Heat and Sun
Overheating on the trail presents a serious risk. Keep cool with these tips:
For more information on heat safety, visit Beat the Heat: Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses
For your safety, please stay on officially designated trails and avoid brushing against vegetation. Multiple species of plants can cause skin irritation to visitors. A few notable plants to avoid include:
Last updated: July 25, 2023