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Lake Michigan waves lap inviting beaches against a backdrop of sand dunes, some rising to nearly 200 feet at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It’s a place to swim, hike, stroll along the beach and climb these amazing dunes. Visitors love to walk a marked trail that’s part of a 45-mile trail system to Mount Baldy, a 126-foot high moving dune, shifting inward at an average rate of four feet a year. Sand and water may steal the spotlight, but the landscape here holds more –peaceful woodlands, meandering rivers and mysterious wetlands rich with rare flora and home to countless species of birds.
To the east, Indiana Dunes State Park offers another 16 miles of hiking trails, many that wind up and over the dunes. The National Lakeshore and State Park together protect more than 15,000 acres of this native treasure. Interspersed among private landholdings and delightful lakefront resort towns, the two parks create a patchwork of protected public lands – including 18 miles of soft sandy beaches – between Gary and Michigan City.