For a 15 miles stretch along the northern border of Indiana lies a national park: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This park consists of 15,000 acres of sand dunes that open up to Lake Michigan. The most famous of these dunes is Mount Baldy, a 126 foot tall hill of sand that many visitors enjoy climbing. Mount Baldy is known as a “living dune,” meaning it’s position shifts each year. This dune is included in the 70 miles of hiking trails that run throughout the park. There are many activities here that attract the millions of visitors that come to the lakeshore each year. In winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular. In spring there are talks about the plants and animals that call the dunes their home. In the warmer months, people often come to the park to camp and swim. The most popular autumn events include the Apple Festival and the Hiking Festival. There are a plethora of other of activities, classes, and documentary screenings throughout the year, many of which are free.
More information about the park and its offerings can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm