Indiana February 21, 2019
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:
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was designated a nation park this year but some have been petitioning for it since 1916 when the first director of the National Park Service wanted to make the change. Due to the First World War, though, plans were scrapped, and subsequent plans to bring up the dunes' status over the years have been squashed.
This 15,000-acre area has become the nation's 61st national park as of February 2019. It was designated a national lakeshore in 1966, as it hosts 15 miles of Lake Michigan, and it currently sees about 3.5 million visitors each year. This special little name change is likely to increase that number, so we suggest you stop by ASAP if you don't like crowds.
The name change is not likely to change anything else about the park, so you'll still be able to enjoy the same great dunes you've always known and loved.
The Indiana Dunes are both a historical and bio-diverse area. Being named the state's first national park recognizes the significance of the area's environment. It is famous for its massive sand hills as well as woodlands, prairies, savannas, bogs, and wetlands.
It is also known for providing year-round activities for locals to enjoy. People love to climb the dunes, some of which can grow to nearly 200 feet tall. Reward yourself with a dip in Lake Michigan afterwards. Of course, hiking is enjoyable anytime of year, and snowshoeing is fun in the winter.
Find more than 50 miles of trails here. Biking, picnicking, camping, scenic drives, and so much more can be enjoyed around Indiana's first national park.
Special events, historical tours, ancient artifacts, cultural resources, and a myriad of other treasures abound at this incredible place. The park is open daily between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., and the fee to enter is $7 for in-state vehicles and $12 for those coming from out of state.
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If you visited Indiana’s first national park before it was nationally recognized, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your favorite memories and photos with us below in the comments.