Getting outdoors to enjoy the great fall season

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on September 22, 2021 with No Comments

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or a nature lover, you are likely going to be taking full advantage of the great fall weather by getting outdoors this season. Before heading out, consider the following tips to make the most of your time.

Get a Head Start: Heading afar for your outdoor trek? Remember that leaf peepers, weekend warriors and day trippers are all going to be out on those same roads with you, so get a good early morning start to take full advantage of the waning daylight hours. Depending on the length of your journey, you may want to pack some food and beverages for the car to avoid stops and get to your destination sooner.

Gear Up: Durable, water-resistant wearable tech can help you make the most of your experiences. 

Treat it Like a Workout: Remember that active time spent outdoors is like any other workout. Hydration is key, as is a proper warm up and cool down. Be sure to do a dynamic stretch routine before getting started and long static stretches before climbing back in the car. Stay fueled and encourage muscle repair with easy-to-pack foods that are nutritious, protein-rich and easy to digest, particularly if you plan to engage in any rigorous activity.

Source: StatePoint

Hike at the Indiana Dunes State Park

Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Indiana Dunes. The temperatures are mild, the leaves are starting to fall, and the holiday season is just beginning. Even with the COVID-19 restrictions, there are plenty of fun and safe things to do in the Indiana Dunes area. Just be sure to bring a mask and practice safe social distancing.

Whether you’re looking to burn a few of those extra Thanksgiving calories or just want to leisurely stroll through the forest, the state park has the perfect trail for your fall hike. The park has 16.5 miles of trails which allow you to explore multiple habitats. Many of the trails are long enough that you might not see another person for miles.

The 3 Dune Challenge is 1.5 miles of tough hiking up the park’s three tallest dunes. The views at the top of each summit make the trek worth it. And here’s a pro tip—the challenge is easier when the temperatures drop! Not only do you sweat a little less, but the sand is easier to climb up when cold.

Trail 2 at Indiana Dunes State Park is a nice flat trail that weaves through mature forests. The eastern end of the trail crosses the Great Marsh on a newly renovated boardwalk. Trail 2 is great for birding, wildlife watching, and viewing the fall colors.

Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Friday, Oct. 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This is a stellar special event hike to Lake Michigan and back. There will be a short presentation about our moon before heading out on a 2-mile moderate hike to learn about the stars, our moon and the Dunes at night. There will be lunar treats provided thanks to the Friends of Indiana Dunes. Meet at the Nature Center, 1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton.

Interpretive programs are listed in the Central Time. Note that during peak visitation times, entry into our park might be delayed.  Parking lots around the Nature Center can fill quickly. Please plan accordingly.

All our programs are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public after paying the park entrance fee. ($7 in-state & $12 out-of-state)         

Our interpretive programs are designed to entertain and enrich folks of all ages. Children under 12 must have an adult with them at programs.

For more information, visit or call 219-926-1390.

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