Where to Camp in the Indiana Dunes — Dunes 101: Camping | Indiana Dunes

(upbeat music) – Hey, I’m Ranger Matt. So, you wanna learn about
camping in the Indiana Dunes. Great choice! (upbeat music) If you want to immerse yourself in the beautiful natural
setting of the Indiana Dunes, camping is one way to make
sure you get close to nature. We have great options for camping. Whether you’re looking to get away in a peaceful grove of trees or stay a short walk or
hike away from the beach, our biggest campground is here in the Indiana Dunes State Park, and it has everything you
need for comfortable camping. There are 140 campsites ready
to go with electrical hookups. Water hookup is provided
at specific locations. There are also heated
restrooms and shower houses, a playground, handicap accessibility, pet-friendly walking paths, and during the summer, the onsite campground store is available with firewood, snacks,
and other necessities. And the best part, the campground has direct
access to the dunes. A short hike on trail four will lead you to the top of Mount Tom, the tallest dune in northwest
Indiana at 192 feet. Enjoy the spectacular view
before heading down to the beach. The Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center is located right near our campsite. It’s a great place to learn about the ecology and history of the area. You can make your state
park campground reservations by visiting camp.in.gov or by calling 1-866-6-CAMPIN. Fees vary depending on the
day of the week and the site. Be sure to register early as the campground fills
during peak season. The good news is that
it’s open year-round, perfect for that off-season getaway. For a camping option that’s
a little off the beaten path, consider Dunewood Campground, which is part of the Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore. This campground is right off
Highway 12 in Beverly Shores and about a mile and
a half from the dunes. It’s a little more secluded
than the state park, and it’s perfect for
people who are looking for more of an old-school
camping experience. You won’t find any
electrical hookups here, but there are restrooms
and a shower facility. Each campsite is nestled in the trees, so you can really get in tune with nature. Take a five-minute ride
or a 30-minute walk through the quaint town of Beverly Shores to get to the beach. Keep in mind that during peak season, parking can be a challenge. Dunewood Campground is open
from April through October, and you can set up camp at one of the 54 drive-in wooded sites or at one of the 13 walk-in sites. All sites are $25 per night and available on a first
come, first served basis. No reservations are accepted. Simply register your site
at the main entrance kiosk, and display your registration receipt on your campsite marker post. Visit the Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshores website for more information on
rules and requirements. Well, that’s all for me, but since it looks like you
might be staying a while, make sure you stop by the
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center just a couple of miles down the road. (whooshing sound) Have fun camping. Hey, who’s got a s’more for me? Thank you, sir. For more tips, maps, and planning tools, get a copy of the Indiana
Dunes Activities Guide. To get this guide and others, stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. It’s just a couple of miles south of the Indiana Dunes State Park entrance right off of State Road 49. You can also visit our website
to view guides electronically or request a guide to be mailed to you. Go to IndianaDunes.com to plan your trip. If you have some great camping tips, put them in the comments below.

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