Hike With Your Dog

the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail


National Parks With Hiking

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Links to National Forests With Hiking

Hooiser National Forest

State Parks With Hiking
Indiana State Parks
Dogs are permitted in Indiana state park campgrounds.

Brown County State Park

Chain O'Lakes State Park

Charlestown State Park

Clifty Falls State Park

Falls of the Ohio State Park

Fort Harrison State Park

Harmonie State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park

Lincoln State Park

McCormick's Creek State Park

Mounds State Park

Ouabache State Park

Pokagon State Park

Potato Creek State Park

Shades State Park

Shakamak State Park

Spring Mill State Park

Summit Lake State Park

Tippecanoe River State Park

Turkey Run State Park

Versailles State Park

Whitewater Memorial

Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In Indiana

Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In Indiana

Submitted by Jason & Magic
My dog, Magic, has the time of his life at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Dogs must be leashed but it is a nice break from the flatlands of Illinois and Indiana. This is a great all-weather park for dogs as they stay cool by chilling in the cool waters of Lake Michigan even on the hottest day in July. That said, I find that it's least crowded and most fun when it's snowing as you can "cheat" and let your dog run free. Also, if you're looking for a nice low-impact running workout, you're sure to get one here. It's a beautiful place that's only fifty miles from Chicago and I highly recommend it.

Submitted by Denise & Bo & Dancer
I live in Southern Indiana with my Golden Retriever, Bo and Dancer (even the vet doesnt know her breed). We are blessed with a lot of wooded areas-Harrison Co. Forestry and Hoosier National Forestabout 50 from the road I remove their leashes and they are airbourne. Dancer is the sprinter and I dont think she misses much of anything in the woods. Bo is my swimmer; even if its only a mudhole-- if it has water, then it is worthy of wetting his belly in it. About 45 minutes later, they slow to a walk and sometimes we even have to lift Bo (100 lbs) back into the truck. You may think dogs dont smile, but on the ride back home, as they lay passed out in the back of the truck, I know that look on their faces is definitely a smile of contentment!

Submitted by Erin & Maggie
My dog Maggie and I love Cedar Bluffs. It's a small park near Bloomington. You get a little bit of everything - rocks to navigate near an off shoot of the White River, climbing the bluffs, and the great pines on the top. The view is pretty cool on top and there's usually a breeze so it's nice to go to during the summer. I've brought a small lunch and eaten up there - it was great. I believe dogs are supposed to be on lead, but most aren't.

Submitted by Jim & Rani
I've been taking my dogs hiking at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for 20 years now. I currently have a four-year old female Beagle/Dachshund mix, named Rani. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is not just beaches; there are also thousands of acres of forested dunes (that may appear to be simply forested hills to the untrained eye). Probably around 30 miles of trails. You can find rugged trails (over the tops of dunes) or flatter trails (that skirt around the bases of the dunes). Rani and me prefer the abandoned roads between Beverly Shores and the Indiana Dunes State Park (not related to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the state park is nice, too).

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