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Visitors are often surprised to discover the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile Lake Michigan coastline with sandy beaches for splashing, playing, and relaxing. They’re equally amazed by the towering sand dunes and wooded hiking trails. In all, the Indiana Dunes – which is made up of Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – features 70 miles of trails and 15,000 acres of beaches, prairies, wetlands and forests.
So relax on a sandy beach, take a leisurely hike through some of the nation’s most diverse natural habitat or get your heart pumping by climbing three massive sand dunes as part of The 3 Dune Challenge at the state park. It’s all at the Indiana Dunes. Located along Lake Michigan, the dunes area has more natural orchid species than Hawaii, is a top Midwest birding spot and was called by noted ecologist Henry Chandler Cowles “one of the few places on our continent where so many species of plants are found.”