Tolleston Dunes Trail
ElevationAscent: 127' 39 m
Descent: -127' -39 m
High: 662' 202 m
Low: 608' 185 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A great uncrowded trail though ancient dunes and rare black oak savanna.”— Rafi Wilkinson
In winter, this trail is a popular spot for cross-country skiers looking for a more challenging experience.
The trail surface is mostly sand with some sections of packed soil, gravel or boardwalk. The outer loop trail distance is 2.9 miles. The shorter cutoff loop is 2.1 miles.
Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves, and tuck long pants into socks to avoid ticks and poison ivy.
There are no restroom facilities and no potable water source.
The trail is never crowded and is a great way to get away from the summer beach crowds. If you have the time, take the outer loop. While admiring the black oak savanna, keep an eye out for the karner blue butterfly and the prickly pear cactus.
Indiana Dunes National Park (formerly national lakeshore) was established to preserve portions of the Indiana Dunes and other areas of scenic, scientific, historic and recreational value. Up to two million annual visitors enjoy the park's 15,000 acres of wetlands, prairies, sand dunes, oak savannas, forests, and historic sites. The park's 15 miles of beaches hug the southern shore of Lake Michigan from Gary, IN, to Michigan City, IN. For more information, visit nps.gov/indu/index.htm or facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS.
Land Manager: NPS - Indiana Dunes National Park