Calling all leisure riders, mountain bikers, road warriors, and BMX enthusiasts. No matter your wheels, you’ll find trails, terrains—and trains—to ride in the Indiana Dunes. Wind around the paved, 2.5-mile Dunes-Kankakee Trail from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to the Indiana Dunes State Park. Hop on the South Shore Line for a rail to trail adventure around the Indiana Dunes and Chicagoland areas. Test your skills and endurance on the twists and turns of the 10-mile Outback Trail, or show off some burly grinds on the Steel Wheels BMX Track.
Mountain bikers of all experience levels will have a blast at Creekside Trails! The 6 miles of twists, turns, and (optional) obstacles will test your mountain biking skills. When you’re ready for more, head to the 10-mile Outback Trail at Imagination Glen Park where you can take on the “Speedy Ridge” or “Spaghetti Hill” features.
We haven’t left you out, roadies!
For road-cycling purists, the 20-mile combination of the Prairie-Duneland Trail and the Oak Savannah Trail offers a flat, paved path through areas like Lake George and Countryside Park. If you don’t mind sharing the roadway with vehicles, check out the bike routes shown on the map and which are marked with signs – and you’ll get to see the communities and country roads of the Indiana Dunes area.
Bikes on Trains
Take your bike on labeled, bike-friendly South Shore Line trains available on select days from April through October.
Explore the small-town charm, beautiful landscapes, and local flavor south of the dunes on this self-guided bike tour. You can make this itinerary your own–ride just one part, break it up into an overnight adventure, or take on the whole route!
We’ve been described as “for the birds,” and no, that isn’t an insult. The Indiana Dunes is a birders paradise. After all, where else can you see more than 350 native and migratory bird species in one place?
Need a reason to get outside? We’ve got 15,000 of ‘em. That’s 15,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness to walk, climb, and hike through along old-growth forest floors, centuries-old paths, and starkly beautiful wetlands.
Our recipe for the perfect day? Just add water. Luckily, around here there’s no shortage of lakes, creeks, and waterways to satisfy your inner aquaphile. Take it from us, it’s the best way to get to know the area.