This featured loop hike located in Indiana Dunes National Park is equestrian friendly and also a favorite of cross-country skiers. Park at the Glenwood Dunes parking lot located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Brummitt Road. Bring a trail map as the route has too many trail junctions and cut-offs to fully describe here. From the trailhead, hike in a counter-clockwise direction and take care when crossing roads. At the east end of the loop, take the short cut-off to avoid the Calumet Dunes Paved Trail (Note that it is a short hike to the Calumet Dunes parking lot if restroom or potable water is desired). After the cut-off, follow the trail west along U.S. Highway 12 before heading south the western-most point of the trail. Do not take the Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail. Instead, follow the loop trail back to the north and then east to the parking lot.
Horseback riding is permitted on the Glenwood Dunes Trail only from March 16 – December 14. However, if there is sufficient snow cover for cross-country skiing (3 inches or more) before December 15 or after March 15, the trail will remain closed to horseback riding. Horses are prohibited in the winter to prevent accidents with skiers on the trail.
- Skiers and horseback riders should complete the Glenwood Dunes Trail in a counter-clockwise fashion to allow for one-way traffic.
- Horses are not permitted on any of the surrounding roads.
- Pets – Prohibited on the equestrian portion of the trail for safety. Permitted elsewhere on a leash (6’ or shorter).
1475 North Brummitt Road
Chesterton, IN 46304
Contact: (219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.
Length: 6.8 Miles
Type: Riding, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing
Terrain: Hills, woods
Parking/Staging: The parking lot is paved and large enough for horse trailers.
Trailhead Parking Lot
Glenwood Dunes Lot (main): 1475 North Brummitt Road, Chesterton, IN 46304
Calumet Dunes Lot (alternate): 1596 North Kemil Road (300E), Chesterton, IN 46304
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Main: 41.648245, -87.015382 (Decimal Degrees)
Alternate: 41.661836, -87.010109 (Decimal Degrees)