indiana dunes national park

Where can you find 15 miles of secluded shoreline and 50 miles of hiking trails within 50 miles of one of America’s largest cities? Welcome to Indiana Dunes National Park!

– Beaches are open from 6 am to 11 pm. – Dogs are permitted on all beaches except West Beach. – West Beach has a lifeguard from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Indiana dunes beaches

These are within walking distance to each other and located in a residential neighborhood in Beverly Shores, Indiana.  Parking is limited. 

Lake View Beach, Dunbar Beach, and Kemil Beach 

Porter Beach is west of Kemil, Dunbar, and Lake View beaches, on the other side of Indiana Dunes State Park. Parking is free, but limited.

Porter Beach

West Beach is the largest and most popular beach in Indiana Dunes National Park. There is a $6 expanded amenity fee to help with the upkeep of this busy area. 

West Beach

The Dune Succession Trail is a series of staircases that go up and over ancient dunes covered by grass, oak, and poplar trees. 

Dune Succession Trail

This trail heads across the dunes and away from the lake. It winds through dunes, around a swampy lake, and through the woods. 

Long Lake Trail

This is an easy to moderate loop that travels through woods, past a bog, up steep dunes, and out to a secluded beach. 

Cowles Bog Trail

Get more details about hiking and camping in Indiana Dunes National Park.


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