Explore the beautiful Miller Woods with family and friends. Behold beautiful wetlands, birds, flowers and more in Miller Woods. 

Need to Know
Hours & Information

  • Hours  Trails and parking lot are open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm Central Time. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time, from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend. The center is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time for the remainder of the year.
  • Passes are required.
  • Trail Length – Douglas Center loop: 0.9 miles. Beach trail: 3.4 miles.
  • Hike Time – Douglas Center loop: 30 minutes. Beach trail: 2 hours.
  • Difficulty – Douglas Center loop: easy. Beach trail: moderate with some elevation change closer to the lake.
  • Trail Surface – Packed dirt with some sections of loose sand. Be aware, trail conditions can change quickly due to high lake levels and storms.
  • Facilities – Year-round restrooms and potable water in the Paul H. Douglas Center during open hours.
  • Pets – Permitted on a leash (6′ or shorter).
  • Prohibited – Littering and hunting.
  • Prohibited – Bicycles and motorized vehicles.
  • Prohibited – Removing plants, rocks, shells, and fossils.
  • Prohibited – Glass and fires on the beach.
  • Parking lot is paved and large enough for RVs and buses.
  • Please stay on the trail and respect closed area signs. Going off trail damages fragile habitat.
  • Ticks are present year-round. Take precautionary measures to prevent bites.
  • Poison ivy can be present on the edges of the trail.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • In case of an emergency or to report a crime, call 1-800-PARK-TIP.
  • Trails are not wheelchair accessible. The Paul H. Douglas Center, restrooms, and the walkway from the building to the marsh boardwalk and picnic tables are all wheelchair accessible.

Trail Map

Click here for a list of all hiking trail maps of the Indiana Dunes National Park.
Download a national parks interactive trail guide phone app.AppleorAndroid.
Paper trail maps are available at the trailhead kiosk and theIndiana Dunes Visitor Center.

“- ( NPS.GOV – Last updated 2/20/2023)


  • Free

    Take a break from spending money and behold history up close.

  • Family friendly

    A safe place to bring your kids.

  • Nature Activity

    Take a step away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy nature up close.

  • Miller Area

    One of the many places to explore in Miller,Gary


100 North Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403

Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.606466, -87.268527 (Decimal Degrees)


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