Explore the most popular wild flowers 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! Enjoyed the beautiful views at the tops of the dunes!

We really enjoyed the hike. We thought the first steep hill was one of the first dunes. Lol it was not. It was challenging but we conquered those 3 Dunes. We came back the next day and did trail 9. Lots of bugs and beautiful scenery on trail 9.

This is a nice trail out to the beach through woods and the bog. Insect repellant is prob a must...I mean it is a bog after all. I didn't have a problem with bugs with repellant on. The first mile or so is shaded with packed sand, providing a stable walking surface, and also a raised boardwalk through the bog. As you make your way toward the beach, the hills get steeper and the sand gets increasingly loose, making it a challenging hike. The views are well worth the dune hike, and I'd prefer to hike here to this beach over going to the crowded beach anyday. Great trail.

This is one of my favorite trails in the area! If you go in the summer time, you can eat some of the blackberries!

Pretty fun challenge! Short ascent up each one, but the incline was what got me. The last one has a wooden staircase on either side, which is the steepest of the three.

Great trail
But make sure you bring insect repellent

Pretty challenging but sweeping views of the lake and Chicago in the distance. There is nothing easy about climbing sand dunes!!!

Easy trail. Great for a good long walk. Bring mosquito repellent!

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.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

Wonderful trail! You get to hike along the river and past multiple historic buildings and right into the middle of a farm with animals everywhere!

Good hiking and quiet. Great for my dog.

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

hiking
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.

hiking
3 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!

hiking
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...

hiking
8 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!

Loved this trail!! Perfect for the adventurist.

Nice ❤️

hiking
9 months ago

Short but challenging.

on Cowles Bog Trail

hiking
10 months ago

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