Hiking Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore


Hiking Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore protects 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan. The 15,000 protected acres are less than an hour drive from Chicago.  

There are more than 50 miles of trails that weave through diverse landscapes. Hikers can explore rugged dunes, sunny meadows, wetlands bursting with wildlife and wildflowers, dense forests or simply stroll along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan.

Indiana Dunes offers year-round outdoor recreation. In the spring wildflowers and abundant songbirds bring Indiana Dunes to life. During the summer watch for incredible sunsets along the lake and meandering wildlife. Also fisherman will enjoy the summer steelhead run and Portage Lakefront fishing pier offers lakeside fishing. The fall (and spring) bring thousands of migratory birds. In the winter you can expect peaceful solitude while you snowshoe or cross-country ski along trails.  

There is camping available from the spring through fall at the Dunewood Campground.

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Easy Hikes in Indiana Dunes National Seashore
Longer Hikes in Indiana Dunes National Seashore

Easy Hikes in Indiana Dunes National Seashore

These easier trails are shorter and perfect for visitors looking to get out of the car and stretch their legs.  They are kid friendly and for the most part should be okay for the elderly.  

Calumet Dunes Trail

0.4 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Calumet Dunes Trail is an easy family friendly loop hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Chicago.

Pinhook Bog Trail

0.75 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Pinhook Bog Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that is sure to please the whole family.

Indiana Dunes Greenbelt Trail

2 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Indiana Dunes Greenbelt Trail is an easy family friendly loop hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Chicago.

Tolleston Dunes Trail

2.5 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Tolleston Dunes Trail is an easy family friendly hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore a short drive from Chicago that features wonderful scenery.

Indiana Dunes Great Marsh Trail

1.57 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Great Marsh Trail is an easy hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Chicago.

Longer Hikes in Indiana Dunes National Seashore

These hiking trails in Indiana Dunes are a bit longer and perfect for hikers looking to explore the depths of the National Lakeshore.

Dunewood Trace (IDNL)

3.6 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Dunewood Trace is an easy family friendly hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Chicago.

Indiana Dunes Heron Rookery Trail

3.2 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Heron Rookery Trail is an easy hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Chicago.

Indiana Dunes Miller Woods Trail

3 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Miller Woods Trail is an easy family friendly hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore a short drive from Chicago.

Indiana Dunes West Beach Trail

3.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

West Beach Trail is a moderate family friendly hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that features incredible scenery.

Glenwood Dunes Hiking and Horse Trail

6.4 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Indiana

Glenwood Dunes Hiking and Horse Trail is a moderate hike in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Chicago.