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Dune Ridge Trail

A short hike with expansive views of the Great Marsh.

Hiking Easy

1.1 km
23 m
23 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
187 m
High Point
210 m
Dune Ridge Trail Map

The Dune Ridge Trail offers expansive views of the Great Marsh, an incredibly diverse area that contributes to the park's title as "one of the top five most biologically diverse of all the national parks." Along the dunes, certain "pioneer plants such as marram and little bluestem grasses and cottonwood trees" have "adapted to live in the dunes where moving sand sometimes partially buries or uncovers plant stems and roots."


Mostly easy, this hike is rated moderate due to one particularly steep sandy slope. It's a short 0.7-mile lollipop and typically completed within 30 minutes to 1 hour. This is an excellent option for a short family-friendly hike, and it's even pet-friendly!

The trailhead for this hike is somewhat large, but can quickly fill on a busy summer weekend. It also doubles as a parking area for Kemil Beach, which is just a short walk away. Parking is free and no entry fees are required. Potable water and restrooms are both available and the lot from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm daily, per the NPS.




Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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