NPS - National Park Service

09/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/22/2021 13:42

Hike with your Hound at the National Park

September 22, 2021
Contact:Julie Larsen, 219-395-1821

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK: Bring your dog for a ranger-led hike through the spectacular Miller Woods. This hike is offered every Friday in October from 10:00 am-12:00 noon. All dogs must be on a leash in the national park. Be sure your dog is capable of doing this two-mile hike over a moderately difficult trail with some sandy and uneven surfaces. Much of the trail is in sun adding to the difficulty on a hot day. Also, please bring water for your hound and bags for its waste.

After the hike, your dog qualifies for a B.A.R.K Ranger dog tag. This program promotes the responsible use of the park by pet owners by ensuring they bag their pet's waste, always use a leash, respect wildlife and know where pets are permitted. The dog tags are furnished free of charge courtesy of the Friends of Indiana Dunes. To learn more about the all-volunteer Friends group and how you can support their work, go to:

Meet at the Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education located at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at 

Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 423 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Up to 2 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.