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Bicycling

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.

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Bikes on Trains

Take your bike on labeled, bike-friendly South Shore Line trains available on select days from April through October.

Indiana Dunes Bicycling Tour

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!

Traveling without your bike?

Want to explore the Indiana Dunes area, but didn’t bring your bike? Stop at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and rent one from Pedal Power and enjoy a scenic, traffic-free trip to the dunes. Bike rentals are also available from Chesterton Bicycle Station and Camp Stop General Store.

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American Discovery Trail

Part of the national trail system, the regionwide route links a number of trails including the Pennsy Greenway and Veterans Memorial Trail in Lake…

Munster to LaPorte, Munster

Bass Pro Shops

This 130,000 square-foot store has everything for outdoor enthusiasts, including boats, fishing gear, and hunting equipment. There is also a giant…

6425 Daniel Burnham Dr., Portage

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park is tucked-away park with two unlit Babe Ruth softball fields, bleachers, parking, restrooms, recreational tennis court, playground,…

175 Burlington Beach Rd., Valparaiso

Bluhm County Park

Bluhm County Park is a 96-acre park that features a 1.5-mile multiple-use trail, as well as six miles of challenging mountain biking trails. The park…

3855 S. 1100 West, Westville

Buck’s Bicycle Shop, Inc.

Buck's Bicycle Shop has hundreds of bikes in stock, including Schwinn, Giant, Trek, and Klein. You can drive in and ride out. They also do custom…

610 Silhavy Rd., Valparaiso

C&O Greenway

Ride along the abandoned Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad corridor. This trail is part of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission Greenways…

State Road 55 (Taft St.) to Mississippi St., Merrillvilee

Calumet Bike Trail

This rugged crushed gravel trail is adjacent to the Indiana Dunes and the South Shore Line tracks and is open from U.S. Highway 12 and Mineral…

US 12 South, Beverly Shores

Camp Stop General Store & Beach Stop

Located in the heart of the dunes, this store rents bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards.

2 W Dunes Hwy, Beverly Shores

Chesterton Bicycle Station

A multi-service store for bicycles, skateboards, and accessories, that includes clothing, helmets, shoes, and sunglasses. Factory-trained service…

116 S. 4th St., Chesterton

Creekside Trails

This new city park has an intermediate-level mountain biking trail inside of a multi-use trail system with over five miles of soft surface corridors…

2355 Clifford Rd., Valparaiso

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More Outdoor Adventures

Beaches

With 15 miles of award-winning shoreline to explore, nine oh-so-swimmable beaches, and many towering dunes, you’ll be enchanted by the magic of the Indiana Dunes.

Birding

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?

Fishing

Fishing season? Try fishing seasons. With this many inland lakes, creeks, miles of shoreline, and deep waters, we’re hooked on the sport all year round.

Hiking

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.

Paddling

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.

Wandering

Take the time to wander and let your senses take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Indiana Dunes. Explore gardens, parks, and other natural areas with serene settings.

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