Looking for a great trail in Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Indiana Dunes National Park ranging from 0.9 to 21.8 miles and from 603 to 702 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
4 days ago

AllTrails says 1.4 miles. Indiana Dunes State Park says .75 miles. I think the state park means the trail from the road to the lake. Walking back to your car will be 1.4 miles! Anyway! This is a very nice trail that takes you through the woods. You climb up & then hike along a ridge overlooking the entrance station. You then walk through a nice section of sandy trail that features the prickly pear cactus. There's a tower you can climb for a nice view of the beach & water. The trail ends at the beach parking lot. I usually walk along the beach until I get to the creek, then take the sidewalk back to my car. Nice hike, although on the short side. Families with kids should enjoy. Not stroller friendly though.

mixed with a couple other trails absolutely beautiful

love this trail beautiful walk and well kept so far my favorite in the National Park

hiking
8 days ago

Not worth getting sandy

hiking
9 days ago

Nice short trail

mountain biking
10 days ago

Calumet Trail is just gravel trail but it does connect the Dunes-Kankakee and the Porter- Brickyard. Not busy at all!

hiking
13 days ago

Very serene and beautiful place to hike. My husband and I had the whole place to ourselves and it was wonderful.

hiking
13 days ago

Very good hike. There is plenty of shade except on the beach. Also dogs are very much allowed. Would recommend to a friend.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike! This trail is DOG FRIENDLY. You just have to pickup after them, leash 6ft or shorter, and stay on the trail. The beach was very low key and beautiful views. Highly recommend.

hiking
19 days ago

Not at all overgrown or buggy currently. A nice walk with a few short challenging climbs up the dunes. Mostly shaded.

Not currently muddy or buggy. Good variety. Easy.

hiking
bugs
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is mostly flat and an easy walk. It's a decent short hike if you don't have a lot of time but still want to be in the woods. Other trails in this area are more scenic if you have the time.

hiking
21 days ago

Fantastic all around trail. When the trail comes to the main fork choose the right side of the fork. The views of the great lake and the Monarch’s flying around from this way are amazing.

hiking
21 days ago

Great! Nice steps! Excellent for whole family and all ages.

hiking
bugs
23 days ago

Great view of the Chicago skyline from the lakefront that makes the trudge up the sandy hills worth it!

hiking
30 days ago

Well maintained and an easier trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Buggy! Watch out for poison ivy!

hiking
1 month ago

Short, but, oh, what views!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike through very unique scenery with interesting plants and wildlife. Not strenuous at all, but the majority is on sand which adds a bit of difficulty, and there is not much shade. I had the beach to myself for an hour (though on a weekday).

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Short and well maintained. I would describe this much more as a scenic passage to the beach versus a standalone trail. There’s a section at the beginning and in the middle with sand between the boardwalk sections. Was expecting a longer and more challenging hike and ultimate just hung out at the beach for a while. For what it is, it’s nice, but it’s definitely not a rigorous longer hike for exercise or crazy sightseeing.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this in the Spring when the weather was cooler. Combined Greenbelt and Cowles Bog trails. View of Lake Michigan was great but the climb back up from the beach was grueling for an older hiker.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Great trail and views especially of Lake Michigan. Only issue we had was the flies (tons of them)

hiking
1 month ago

The view of the beach was awesome. A lot of wildlife along the way. I give it 4 stars because I really wish there were some educational information on the trail, as this is mostly known of its biodiversity. Would like to know more about it!

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Extremely overgrown which led to ticks. Luckily we saw them quick. The bridge and boardwalk over the marsh is still wet and muddy from recent rains. Best to avoid that part of the trail.

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