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Fall Activities at Indiana Dunes

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 

Look for ranger – led hikes at Indiana Dunes National Park for a hike exploring the Bailly Homestead and Cemetery along with the Chellberg Farm. There will be Chellberg Farm Open Houses every Sunday In November, 2023 from 1pm – 3pm. Click here for more hikes. 

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 Sunday, November 12th, 2023 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. 

There will be a Great Marsh Hike on Saturday, Nov. 18th, 2023 from 1:30 – 3pm. Join a ranger for a hike through this remnant of a great wetland that once span along the southern coast of Lake Michigan.  This beautiful marsh is also a crucial resting place for migrating birds. Passes are required. 

Enjoy a Cowles Bog Hike on Sunday, Nov. 19th, 2023 from 12:30 – 3pm. Join a ranger for a hike through multiple different ecosystems that demonstrate the parks remarkable biodiversity. Arrive early and be prepared to park in auxiliary parking at the National Park Headquarters at 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304. Then use the Porter Brickyard trail to access Cowles Bog’s southern trail head. (Approximately 15 min walk.)

The Black Friday Opt Outside Hike will be held on Friday, Nov. 24th from 1pm – 4pm. Join a ranger for a post-Thanksgiving hike instead of shopping on black Friday. Co-sponsored by Save the Dunes, the interactive hike will be led by regional experts in fields such as birding, botany, insects, geology, and ecology.

Passes are required. For more information, visit our Fees & Passes page.

Enjoy the Turkey Trot Hike on Saturday, Nov. 25th, 2023 from 1pm – 3pm. Join a ranger in search of wild turkey and other wildlife as you work off Thanksgiving dinner. Hike along the ancient Calumet shoreline of Lake Michigan through forested dunes and small blowouts. Meet at the Calumet Dunes Trail parking lot located on 300E (Kemil Road), just off of U.S. Highway 12 near Beverly Shores. This is the former site of the visitor center and the current home of the USGS regional office. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check out our park website and our Facebook page.

The Kemil Beach parking lot is located one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 on East State Park Road (300E).

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Find Out More About the Indiana Dunes by watching this video with Professional Hiker Ron Seman. 

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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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.