2020 Hike #36 on August 14th at Indiana Dunes State & National Park in Porter Indiana

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General Info

Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.

Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.

Indiana Dunes National Park hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national park's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 50 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests.

Learn more about the national park by clicking here. Learn more about the state park by clicking here.

My visit

Sadie and I visited the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks on our way to Michigan. The state park is sandwiched in between the national park sites. We visited the state park section, the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Lake View Beach, and Mount Baldy Beach. There are several more sections in the national park, but we just didn't get to all of them. I wasn't sure where the "pink house" was, but we just happened to drive right by it, so we stopped and took pictures! 

There wasn't one specific trail that we took on this "hike". We walked along the beach in the state park section, and the Lake View Beach section. There was a trail that we followed for a short ways at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. The biggest "hike" was the trail that took you to the Mount Baldy Beach.