Indiana Dunes State Park is situated 47 miles (75.6 km) east of Chicago, US. 1,530-acre (619.2 ha) Dunes has covered the area of the park including most of the park’s hiking trails and dune landscape. Land which is largely covered with sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, has taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. The total area of park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. Even on the busiest summer days, if you head away from the public beach house, you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, beachcomb, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Beyond the dunes, though, the park is rich in biodiversity, not a quality you would generally associate with a state packed with seemingly endless cornfields. With about 1,100 natural species of plants, this park will blow your mind about Indiana.
Fifty miles of hiking trails snake through the park, offering a sample of the shoreline, the dunes, and the flora and fauna that call the region home. But be warned: Hiking in sand isn’t for the faint of heart. If you and your calves are up for the challenge, Indiana Dunes’ hiking routes will take you over the park’s formidable dunes, as well as through wetlands, prairies, and forests. 3 miles long track of beaches run along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. The park also offers 16.5 miles of trails, several which traverse Mount Tom. Enjoy everything the park has to offer with a stay at their campground.
Swimming, kayaking can be fun outdoor activities:
Swimming in Lake Michigan is one of the most beloved activities, but it’s important to be mindful of changing water conditions. Like an ocean, Lake Michigan can be calm one minute and dangerous the next. Options to lounge lakeside on the beach are aplenty, with one of the most popular spots being just down from Mount Baldy. Other outdoor activities at Indiana Dunes State Park include biking, bird watching, boating, and fishing. In order to cast a line, you’ll need an Indiana Fishing License plus a stamp to catch trout and salmon. Kayaking and canoeing are popular on the park’s Little Calumet River.
The park’s Dune wood Campground has 66 campsites and is equipped with restrooms and showers. It’s first-come, first-served, and the fee is $25 per night. Open April 1 through November 1, the campground is just 1.5 miles south of Lake View Beach. Watch the sunset over Lake Michigan, then head back to Dune wood for smokes and ghost stories around the campfire. If you don’t want to stay at tents regardless of that, everything from bed and breakfasts to hotels and motels are available in Porter, Portage, Michigan City, Chesterton, and Valparaiso.
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