Indiana Dunes National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park by Sarah Quintans via Shutterstock.

Indiana Dunes National Park, in Indiana, features over 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and diverse habitats. From sandy dunes to wooded areas, it’s a rich tapestry of ecosystems.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Indiana
Area: 15,349 acres (62.12 sq km) – 59th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Tim – 771 ft (235 m)
Lowest Elevation: Lake Michigan – 597 ft (181.97 m)
Date Established: February 15, 2019
Annual Visitors: 2,834,180 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Porter, Indiana

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Indiana Dunes National Park

Indiana Dunes is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Indiana Dunes National Park.

  1. Swimming and sunbathing along the Lake Michigan shoreline
  2. Birdwatching, especially during migrations
  3. Horseback riding on designated trails
  4. Joining ranger-led evening campfire programs
  5. Exploring the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Indiana Dunes National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Indiana Dunes National Park

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🍔 What to Eat Near Indiana Dunes National Park

After hiking and exploring Indiana Dunes National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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