"Do the Dunes" Indiana Dunes State Park by Toughluck
Indiana Dunes State Park Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 90 photos
There are seven trails the take you into the heart of the park. Over 2/3rds of the park is classified as the 'Dunes Nature Preserve'. Here you will see dunes at all stages, including blow outs. Behind the dune is an 'inter-dunal wetland'. Open water is scarce, but the marsh is home to numerous birds and the wetland and upland forest offer more variety of habitats for a diverse range of wildlife.
I you want to climb dunes, trail 8, takes you to the three highest, the 'Tremonts' from which the locallity once took it's name. Mt. Tom is 192' above lake level and one of the most rugged hikes you'll take. Mt. Holden (184') and Mt. Jackson (176') round out the trio.
Most visitors head straight to the beach. It is the center piece of why the park is here. You can lay out and take the sun, or come to watch the people. This is a family friendly beach with many families spending Saturday or Sunday afternoons picnicing and swimming. One picnic area is close enough to the beach that you can set up a base camp there and then come and go to the beach all day. Come early, as the tables and grills are gone early on any given day.
The campground also is close to the beach and has access through the nature preserve to a lesser visited part of the beach.
- Pros:The best place to see and climb sand dunes
- Cons:Gets crowded on summer weekends
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