Indiana Finally Got Its First National Park And It Was More Than 100 Years In The Making

As part of a spending bill, the United States government signed legislation that gives Indiana its first national park. We’ve been a state since 1816, but it took until 2019 to get our most beautiful shores nationally recognized! Next to Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, and Grand Teton, you’ll now see this Hoosier favorite listed. Check it out:

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For more like this, check out these seven unappreciated state parks in Indiana you can still visit this time of year.

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Address: Indiana Dunes National Park, 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304, USA
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Indiana's First National Park

January 13, 2022

What are some of the most popular hiking trails in Indiana?  

Indiana is home to a surprisingly large number of hiking trails, and they’re all wonderful in their own ways. Some do, however, tend to stick out above the rest due to their popularity. For some reason or another, the most popular hiking trails in Indiana are all particularly unique, scenic, or otherwise notable. According to world-class hiking enthusiast blog AllTrails, the most popular hiking trail in the Hoosier State is the Cowles Bog Trail, which is nestled within Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s 4.3 miles of Indiana’s most unique landscape, and it’s one hike you’ll never regret going on! The next most popular hiking trail in Indiana is Lawrence Creek Trail, which is in Fort Harrison State Park. This one is right around the same length as Cowles Bog Trail, but the landscape it leads you through couldn’t be more different. This one is lush and green, like something out of a movie about journeying to toss a specific ring into a specific volcano. Next on the list is the Clifty Falls, Hoffman Falls, Tunnel Falls trail at Clifty Falls State Park, and waterfall enthusiasts are going to love that one.  

What are some of the best parks in Indiana for outdoorsy people?  

The answer feels obvious but bears announcing: our state parks are perfect for folks who love the outdoors. No matter what anyone enjoys doing, they can find it in abundance in each one of Indiana’s little slices of paradise. Of course, if you’re looking for local and city parks, Indy is full of them, and honestly, no matter what town or city you visit, you’re sure to find small, local parks that are wonderful for unwinding and relaxing. For more ideas and more information about some of Indiana’s amazing state parks, check out this article of some of the best little-known ones 

Address: Indiana Dunes National Park, 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304, USA