Hike the Dune Succession Trail, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

1 miles 150 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Jenn Koczan

Enjoy this scenic loop that starts with views of sand dunes and leads to a forested boardwalk and back out to the beach.

This hike provides a great opportunity to explore the variable landscape and terrain in Indiana Dunes State Park.

From the parking lot head north on a paved walkway toward Lake Michigan's shoreline. Next, walk down the boardwalk to the beach. Once you reach the coast, you'll have amazing views of the Chicago Skyline. Head east along the beach until you reach the sign pointing toward the Succession Trail. Turn off the beach and continue the loop.

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Amazing day or weekend trip

The Indiana Dunes State Park is a fantastic destination for families, parents and friends. There are not many beaches in the Midwest, so this is a true gem. The parking fee is $10, there are confessions and restrooms available and a small gift shop with any last minute beach necessities (sunscreen, sand toys, boogie boards). Beware, in the summertime the sand gets extremely hot and I mean HOT. Wear flip flops at all times and be safe!


Thank you for writing about this. It looks like an awesome little summer trip that I will be taking with my girlfriend. This is spectacular.

Summer daytrip

My family and I have stopped here every time we drive to Chicago. Check out some of the other dune trails this park has to offer then hit the lake to cool off!

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