Indiana Dunes State Park Loop

EASY 36 reviews

Indiana Dunes State Park Loop is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Porter, Indiana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles 410 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

27 days ago

trail running
2 months ago

Spent many summers all around the dunes; there are many trails and many ways to use them. Trail 8 is the most memorable as the last time I was there with friends, we were ill-prepared and it made for a strenuous hike out to the beach and then an unusual push back to the car in the smaller lot. Incredible workout. Great for training and building endurance.

hiking
5 months ago

I did the more difficult loop and it was a good workout. sand dunes are physically harder than regular hills so be prepared for that. Nice views in a couple spots and really nice trails. Definitely worth checking out.

hiking
6 months ago

Overall, I would say the trails in the state park are an easy hike. However trail 8, or the one highlighted here is not easy. As others have noted it is steep and quite sandy so I would rate it as moderate to hard. I did see children to elder family members hiking it, so anyone can do it.

Besides that, the park's trails offer nice views and the highlighted trail does have some splendid views on each of the Mts. on the trail. I will definitely do this again.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great short but steep hike. Beautiful vistas & access to the Lake Michigan.

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

This 3 Dune Challenge trail is not that hard, and definitely not an easy one. The views are fantastic, especially the sunset over downtown Chicago.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

The 3 dunes is pretty neat to do. I wandered around and did lots of trails. Hard to get lost.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the best sunsets over Lake Michigan you will ever see!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This was a very fun hike. Started on 10 then went to 8 for the 3 dunes challenge. It was tough but not hard. I would recommend this park and trails. Planning on returning.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

The part on the dune by the lakeshore on the 9 trail is beautyfull. the rest is just good. the views on the 8 are quite nice.
everything is easy (just exhausting when climbing on the dunes on 8)

hiking
11 months ago

Great

hiking
1 year ago

The Scouts had the annual Potawatomi Trail hike last Saturday (March 19). Beautiful day spent on Trails #2 and #9.

hiking
1 year ago