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Hiking

Lose yourself in the beauty of the Indiana Dunes. Of course, you won’t really be lost—we’ve got 70-miles of well-manicured trails perfect for all skill levels. Discover why we’re known as the birthplace of ecology as you meander through a violet sea of wild lupines and other native plants. Travel from sand to oak forests in the same morning, or challenge your friends—and yourself—on a vertical trek up a 192-foot living dune on The 3 Dune Challenge. Between close-knit communities, state, and national parks, you’ll get the chance to get a whole new footing on adventure.

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Aukiki Wetland Conservation Area

This 650-acre parcel conserves a mix of wetlands, black oak barrens, and sand prairie, offering wildlife viewing, hiking, and hunting. Aukiki is part…

State Rd. 49, Wheatfield

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

These two historic sites sit nearly side-by-side. Bailly Homestead is named for Joseph Bailly, the first known non-native region resident, who set up…

618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Beverly Shores Project Area

Park at Lake View Picnic Area to bird the open water and beach. Bike or bird from your vehicle along the west end of Beverly Drive. This area…

500 S. Broadway Ave., Beverly Shores

Bluhm County Park

This 96-acre park features a 1.5-mile multiple-use trail, as well as six miles of challenging mountain biking trails. The park offers picnicking,…

3855 S. 1100 West, Westville

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

This beautiful 167-acre preserve is a relaxing place to walk or picnic with water features, a shelter, and a five-mile trail through restored…

2401 Village Point, Chesterton

Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum

This 33-acre park is home to an 18-hole disc golf course, fishing pond, playground, shelter, trails, and Portage’s largest winter sledding hill.…

5250 US Hwy. 6, Portage

Cowles Bog Trail

This is where Henry Chandler Cowles conducted his landmark study of the dunes’ vegetation succession. Pass through wooded dunes and wetlands until…

1450 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Dune Acres

Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve

See one of the rarest ecosystems in the state at the 41-acre Cressmoor Preserve. The black-soil prairie contains at least 10 plants and five insects…

483 N. Lake Park Ave., Hobart

Deep River County Park

Deep River County Park offers a mix of history, natural beauty, and pure fun within its 1,200-acre site. In 1837-38, John Wood built a sawmill and…

9410 Old Lincoln Hwy, Hobart

Dune Succession Trail

The Dunes Succession Trail links with two others in the national park system, covering a total of 3.6 miles. As the name suggests, this trail is a…

376 N. County Line Rd., Gary

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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.

Bicycling

Some things stick with us forever, just like riding a bike. Unforgettable vacation memories spent cruising miles of paved trail, off-road adventures, and rails to trails journeys are just to name a few.

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.

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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Featured Accommodations

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Best Western Plus Portage Hotel & Suites

Located near Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks, this accommodation offers a wonderful selection of amenities, including a…

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portage

Near the beautiful southern shores of Lake Michigan, this hotel is both a convenient workplace and a comfortable home away from home. Portage is…