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Find Fitness and Fun in Northern Indiana with The 3 Dune Challenge

Indiana Dunes offer a great place for fitness minded families. Take The 3 Dune Challenge. Starting at the Nature Center at Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, you can hike a specially marked 1.5 mile course, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet) and Mount Tom (elevation 192 feet. Some parts of the trail feature 40-degree slopes, making each step that much more, challenging. Conquer The 3 Dune Challenge and then sop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to buy a shirt and pick up a free commemorative sticker and postcards. Indiana Dunes State Park is home to six other trails, including Trail 9, which has been selected as one of the best hiking trails in the nation, rewards hikers with forest views followed by spectacular lake views.

This is one of the most beautiful parts of Indiana…it is the largest attraction we have in our state….3 million people visit Indiana Dunes on an annual basis.” Mark Newman, Executive Director, Honest to Goodness Indiana

Are you ready to conquer The 3 Dune Challenge?

Are you ready for a run or hike that will leave your legs screaming, sweat pouring down your face and your mind telling you that you should turn back?

If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you.

To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must tackle a special 1.5-mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). These are the three highest dunes in all of Indiana Dunes State Park.

Some parts of the trail feature 40-degree slopes, making each step that much more challenging. In the sandy vertical climbs, it’s common to take two steps forward and slide one step back.

The real payoff for this activity is the wonderful views.”

The 3 Dune Challenge is tough, but you get great Lake Michigan views and, hey, not everybody can say they finished it.

To learn more about The 3 Dune Challenge, visit

If you’re not near the dunes, there are other trails to give you a challenge try:

• Mountain biking trails in Brown County State Park- some of the best mountain bike trails in the country

• Turkey Run State Park trails

• Clifty Falls State Park- 14 mile hiking trail near Madison