Central Beach Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes

Stretching 25 miles east along Lake Michigan's south shore, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park welcome nearly four million guests to their sandy beaches and beautiful trails each year. Enjoy a family camping trip, an ecological study or just a relaxing day at the beach.


The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers and forests, offering a wide variety of activities year-round. Visitors can take advantage of beautiful beachesunique hiking trails and the historic sites of Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm. The national lakeshore is a beautiful spot for hiking, with 11 trails throughout the park of varying lengths and difficulty levels.

The Indiana Dunes State Park offers 16.5 miles of trails as well as three miles of beaches. Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. There is a small fee for parking at the state park.

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