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Indiana Dunes National Park, Porter

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#7 of 52 in Nature in Indiana
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  • There are many hikes you can do that will give you a good example of the landscape and ecology of Indiana Dunes National Park - beaches, dunes, marshes and forests. We had our dog with us, so our... 
    There are many hikes you can do that will give you a good example of the landscape and ecology of Indiana Dunes National Park - beaches, dunes, marshes and forests. We had our dog with us, so our...  more »
  • Not a whole lot to see at the park, but the dunes are spectacular. It is interesting to see "the beach" so close to the city. We saw Mt. Baldy dune which is moving 7 feet a year! The wind at the... 
    Not a whole lot to see at the park, but the dunes are spectacular. It is interesting to see "the beach" so close to the city. We saw Mt. Baldy dune which is moving 7 feet a year! The wind at the...  more »
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  • Wow! What a beautiful park. I went just before sundown to hike and catch the sunset on the beach. Then as I was exiting I saw the full moon rise as well — such a treat! There were quite a few people there to witness the sunset when I was there and it’s understandable why. Lovely colors and view of Chicago on the horizon. The dunes were gorgeous as well. I truly enjoyed the hike to the beach and around. There are a lot of stairs, both up and down, whichever direction you decide to complete the loop, but worth the views if stairs would typically deter you. So grateful to have seen this area and had the chance to explore.
  • I decided to go here because of the close proximity to Chicago and because it’s another national park off the list. I would recommend stopping at the visitor center and grabbing a map and a pass $25. (I got lost at first and I believe if I didn’t get a map the park would’ve been mediocre.)After that, I would head to West Beach and explore the dunes etc. around there. Then I would continue down the highway/shore and stop at every significant location marked. Around dinner time I would stop in Michigan City, which is about ten minutes outside the park. The city offers so many food options and you can see the lighthouse there. After dinner head back in to one of the beaches to witness the sunset. West Beach allows views of the Chicago skyline. I would say this park offers amazing views of unique ecosystems and nature. However, I thought the views of human pollution and human industry took away from some of the delight (there was a steel mill and coal smoke stack visible all times). The hikes were challenging and also prepare for sand everywhere. The beaches were clean and the water was clear too. Please be careful as the park takes you into Gary and some places are not safe. Overall, this park was a nice day visit for me. The park satisfied my thirst for nature and beautiful scenery. I would come back again for a day trip that’s about it.

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