Best Scenic Hiking Trails in Indiana’s Cool North

In Indiana's Cool North you can find hiking trails to suit your physical fitness level and scenery preference.  Do you prefer hiking by a lake or river, or exploring on a trail with diverse ecosystems? You can find both leisurely strolls through nature, and a more physically demanding hike, like the 3 Dune Challenge.  We have a list of trails you can explore; find one that fits your style!

West Beach Dunes Succession Trail

West Beach Dunes Succession Trail


The West Beach Trails consist of three loops of varying distance and terrain.  You can start from the beach, or from a trailhead in the parking lot in Gary.

The environment changes throughout the trail, from beach to lush forest with grand views of ponds and lakes, including Long Lake.  In spring the wildflowers put on a vibrant display along the trail.

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  • 20 Minutes to Indiana Dunes
  • 35 Minutes to Michigan City
  • 79 Minutes to Elkhart County

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