Explore the most popular beach trails in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail! Loved the views. Pretty challenging. We took the trail 7 offshoot to walk along the shore a bit. Would recommend doing that.

Nice sand trail through the woods. Wonderful in summer.

Great trail with beautiful views of the lake.

Stairs were a little rough at the start but loved looking at all the birds and flowers.

it was a very challenging trail but we had a blast!

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28 days ago

Perfect trail end with an excellent view of Lake Michigan. Bring your lunch, there is a nice shaded spot!

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1 month ago

Short trek to reach the beach. Nice mix of woods and the sandy dunes.

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1 month ago

Ticks are out and about. Be careful. Ended up with one yesterday.

Nice trail and close to Chicago.

Beautiful trail with part of it that runs along the beach.

9 should be labeled rugged lots of climbing up steep dunes...not for the faint of heart be prepared for a workout lovely scenery..

Absolutely love this trail! I do this one almost every week when it’s nice!! ❤️

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2 months ago

Nice trail and scenery. If you’re afraid of snakes though avoid it because there is seriously a billion there including water moccasins.

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2 months ago

Very nice. Very pretty. Dunes were a little rough because I haven’t hiked in a while. You will get all the sand in your shoes.

My first dunes hike. Was challenging but exciting!

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4 months ago

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7 months ago

Great trail. Paths clearly marked and great scenery. I would avoid climbing the dunes if you have physical restrictions, but fabulous view from the tops looking down on the lake...

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7 months ago

This trail is awesome and gives you an awesome view of the lake from the top of a dune

Pretty Trail with great tree-top views. I wish there were less signs on the trail but still enjoyed it!

Great hike. We wondered off coarse a little but the hike was great.

Great trail

Nice ❤️

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9 months ago

Short but challenging.

on Cowles Bog Trail

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9 months ago

nice trail but lots of traffic

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9 months ago

best trail in the dunes

10 months ago

walked it in full sun, pleasant walk with my 4 lb kitten. He had a good time to, 4 months old. 4 dogs a kind the beach all well behaved, great day, nice folks scattered on the beaches that are a little hard to get to by car.

Beautiful trail! Good changes of scenery, all in my backyard!

Liked it and hated it. It's been decades since i've even been on this much sand, but i can handle hills & stairs, so i wanted to try the 3 Dune Challenge.
These Dunes kicked my butt!! I'm an older heavy set guy that had a heck of a time trying to climb the dunes. Every step up the dune resulted in a foot sliding back a half step or more. Took me 3 times as long to climb a dune than i expected. And Going down the 2nd dune, Mt. Holden, i slid 2-3 feet for every step down.
This was one loaded challenge. It was not as easy as others said. I'm sure that's due to my size working against me trying to climb. Thankfully after the 2nd Dune there is a shortcut trail back to the start by the Nature Center. The Dune Challenge is on Trail 8, Trail 7 splits thru the middle, simple trail.

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