The entire reason I made this stop in Indiana was to visit Indiana Dunes, our newest National Park. Only designated a National Park on February 15, 2019, it has been a National Lakeshore since 1966, and quite frankly I’m not sure why the “upgrade.”
Full disclosure, I’m actually staying, and hiked today, in Indiana Dunes State Park which is essentially surrounded by the National Park property. It’s got a very nice campground, though the sites only have electricity hook-ups. No water or sewer. Not a problem for short stays and I haven’t been in them, but the bathhouses look quite nice as well. Plus, the majority of hiking trails seem to be in the State Park area…..so this is where I am.
It’s a much steeper climb up those first three dunes than it appears. And the sand is super fine, so hard to walk/climb in. The only other place I’ve seen sand this fine is Pensacola.
There’s also lovely hardwood forest sections….
On a nicer day you can see the skyline of Chicago across the lake.