Our stories are written across every mile of beach, forest, and meandering trail. Hear them in the haunting call of the loon and the snap of branches on the woodland floor. See them in the crisscross tracks of trains past and carved moldings of historic buildings. Feel it with every warm hello and sandy toe that greets you on our friendly shores. Want to know more about the Indiana Dunes? Just ask, we’re not shy.
Join Ranger Matt in our Dunes 101 Series to explore everything you need to know about the Indiana Dunes, including how to make the most out of your beach experience, where to camp, and the perfect hiking trail for your skill level.
When it comes to our newly minted national park, it’s a numbers game. It’s 15,000 acres of unadulterated adventure; 1,100 flowering plants; 350 species of birds; 50 miles of trails over dunes, bogs, prairies, and serene forests; 15 miles of Great Lake shoreline; and so much more.
Find it in the friendly streets of small towns like Hebron, the charming downtown festivals and markets of Chesterton, the world-class arts scene of Valparaiso, and warm summer days spent on Lake Michigan in Portage. It’s the rich tapestry of history, scenery, and daily life that weaves together the Indiana Dunes—it’s our communities.
The best way to live like a local is to learn from a local. Our Visitor Center offers everything you need to learn more about the Indiana Dunes area with the added assistance of our super knowledgeable destination ambassadors.
Outdoor adventure trifecta: Hiking, biking and paddling in Indiana Dunes
By Joe Lyon
The Indiana Dunes had been our radar for a while. It’s not often you can drive to a national park (the Indiana Dunes National Park) within an hour of a metropolis. Tall trees, forested hills and wide open spaces were a welcome change from our downtown place.