Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with beaches for splashing, playing and relaxing. Discover what lies just beyond the sandy shore – where hikers can strike out along more than 70 miles of trails, birders can watch more than 350 migratory species take wing and anglers can drop their hooks.
In Chain O’ Lakes State Park in northern Indiana (about 200 kilometres northeast of Indianapolis), nine connecting lakes provide boaters, swimmers and fishing enthusiasts with a serene paradise. You can kayak or canoe across all nine lakes, or, if you prefer staying on land, hike the park’s 16 kilometres of forested trails. Southern Indiana is also home to the state’s largest park, Brown County State Park. With almost 6,500 hectares of ridges, ravines and forests, this beautiful wilderness area has earned the nickname “Little Smokies” because of its similarities with the Great Smoky Mountains. Located about 75 kilometres due south of Indianapolis, Brown County State Park features ample hiking and biking trails, not to mention tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Top outdoor adventure areas in Indiana:
- Indiana Dunes State Park
- Chain O’Lakes State Park
- Cataract Falls