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.

Good hiking and quiet. Great for my dog.

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

hiking
6 days 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
25 days 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
5 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
5 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
7 months ago

Short but challenging.

hiking
7 months ago

I hiked this trail in mid September. The corridor of the trail is a little tight with overgrowth, mainly stinging nettles. Be prepared with mosquito spray, as the trail follows the little calumet river, and it is a haven for them. All in all, it's a nice little trail for access to the river, mainly to hike. You can do a little trail running, but mountain bike are not allowed.

on Cowles Bog Trail

hiking
7 months ago

nice trail but lots of traffic

Nice easy hike with views of Dunes, Marshes and forest. A few climbs but nothing really difficult. Tasty sassafras, too!

hiking
7 months ago

The trail is an easy to moderate hike for beginners with a few tall inclines which made it a little harder than expected. We took the long loop and the only complaint I have is the bugs. They were determined to be in my face; so even with lots of spray, I was fanning them away continuously with the trail map. I'd hate to see what they're like when there's actually been rain.
Did see some cacti and some other cool flowers I haven't seen before. There was even a cute little garter snake on the trail.

walking
8 months ago

Good place to walk your dog. Really pretty and quiet.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a nice trail. If your out of shape be prepared to be sore, it's quite an up hill climb. Great to take your dogs to, to tire them out and get rid of some energy. I have heard of coyotes being out here so make sure to keep dogs leashed.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

Beautiful trail. I saw an owl and other wildlife. Peaceful. Some parts of the trail have steep drop offs on one side into the stream below so heads up.

We loved this hike. Just rough and long enough for us old guys. Did have some problem finding the trails again once crossing the roads. Other than that it's a great hike.

The trail was beautiful and offered a lot of spots to climb on trees and see wildlife. Especially loved how hidden it was!

Great place to hike and walk the pooch

hiking
9 months ago

This is a great trail. It's full of wildflowers & prickly pear cactus in the summer. Lots of birds as well. It takes you through a bog & up a dune. Great views. If only you could cut out the sounds of the highway & trains!
Bring bug spray in the summer.
Lock your car & be aware of your surroundings.

hiking
9 months ago

Turn off Hwy 12 when you see the Dune Acres sign. The parking lot is on your left immediately after crossing the train tracks. There's another smaller lot if you continue driving to the gate to your right. Very tight lot with one way driving.
This trail will take you past ponds & bogs to Lake Michigan. It would be more scenic, except for the Steel Mill within sight & sound of it! It does give you a small taste of what NW Indiana was like many years ago.
The trail is strenuous when you get to the lake. Otherwise, easy to moderate.

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