From Kayaking to photography to Hiking, Fall Season is a great time to Visit the Indiana Dunes National park! The Fall Foliage is amazing.
Ranger-led History Hikes offered at National Park
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Park for a hike exploring the Bailly Homestead and Cemetery along with the Chellberg Farm on Sunday, October 2, 9, and 30 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Explore the grounds of both historic homes and learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s. Meet at the Chellberg Farm parking lot. Be prepared to park in the auxiliary parking lot due to parking congestion. You can also stay later and help feed the Chellberg Farm animals at 4:30 pm each Sunday in October.
The Chellberg Farm parking lot is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana.
Ranger-led Kayak Paddles on Little Calumet in the National Park
Bring your own kayak and join a ranger for a paddle up the Little Calumet River. Programs are offered on Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 9, 16, and 30 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The paddle will start at the Bailly launch point on Howe Road. Parking is available at the Mnoké Prairie parking lot. Participants must have a life vest. No reservation required.
The Mnoké Prairie parking lot is located on Howe Road, just south of the Little Calumet River in Porter.
Smartphone Photography Workshop at the National Park
Join national park volunteer Ron Seman and members of the Duneland Photography Club for a smartphone photography class on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The class will begin in the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center auditorium with a half-hour introductory lesson on learning to frame and focus shots and proper usage of light and motion. The lesson will be followed by an hour and a half long photography hike around the Visitor Center. Don’t forget to bring your charged smartphone and dress for the weather.
Dune Ridge Trail Autumn Hikes offered at National Park
Join a ranger for a hike on the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Dune Ridge Trail on Saturday, October 8 and 22, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Enjoy the sweeping views of the Great Marsh from the top of the dune ridge and admire the leaves as they transition to their fall colors.
The Kemil Beach parking lot is located one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 on East State Park Road (300E).
For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882. You can also visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu, download the official National Park Service app, or view our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS.
The national park began charging its entrance fee on March 31, 2022. The fee is $25 per car for a 1–7-day pass. A $45 annual pass for the Indiana Dunes National Park is also available. Holders of the following federal passes will not pay an entrance fee: Annual, Senior, Veterans/Military/Gold Star Family, 4th Grade, Access (disability), and the Volunteer Passes. For more information on other national park passes and details about the new fee, go to www.nps.gov/indu. Please purchase passes or pay entrance fees at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center or at www.recreation.gov/sitepass/indu. When parking, display pass or receipt on the rearview mirror or dashboard.
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