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Ludington State Park is comprised of scenic sand dunes, a shoreline vista, ponds, marshlands and forests. It is situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several miles of shoreline and beaches on both bodies of water. There are three modern campgrounds; Pines, Cedar and Beechwood. Be sure to visit the Great Lakes Visitor Center, located within the park.

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18 days ago

My husband, 7- month old adventurer, and I had just finished the Lost Lake Trail in Ludington State Park and wanted to get a second hike in near the dunes and to see the light house so we selected this trail.

This trail was less than excited as the start was walking through the camp grounds (bonus was clean flushing toilets!) before joining up on a gravel road. The trail was a gravel road (combo of sand and gravel areas) all the way to the lighthouse. This stretch was about 1.7 miles. Unfortunately the dunes blocked the views of the lake (which you could hear but not see). We were able to keep a steady clip tho and I can see how the gravel allows for a greater number of walkers and bikers to get to the lighthouse.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse was beautiful situated out alone in the dunes. A very kind staff of volunteers allowed us to hangout in the gift shop during a little rain spell and even played a video on the history of the lighthouse for us. My husband climbed to the top of the lighthouse ($5/person and the climber has to be a meter tall- aka baby and I hung out below). The views gained from the top of the lighthouse allowed you to see for miles in all direction.

We cut the loop short and headed back to the car on the same gravel path we came from due to the rain and cool temperatures. The hike itself was pretty windy for being tucked behind the dunes.

Overall the gravel path was disappointing but the light house and views from there were beautiful.

Upon arriving at the Ludington State Park, we were met by a friendly ranger working the entrance gate ($9 visitor charge for an out of state day pass). The gentleman directed us to the nearest parking to the start of this trail and gave us a trail map. As we drove to the starting location, my husband and I were pleasantly surprised at how well kept the grounds and facilities were. At the parking lot we found clean flushing toilets and a playground and beach for kids to play. There was also a kayak, canoe and other small crafts available for rent (ranging around $25/ 2-hour).

The hike itself had beautiful views of the lake. We loved the board walks across marshes and streams. Halfway through the trail, we stopped at the top of a sand dune at a bench with a vantage point and gave our daughter a bottle. The views of the lakes and forest surrounding it was beautiful. (There were several people out kayaking and ducks flying overhead that were a bit of a distraction for a 7 month old while eating tho!) Even from high up we could see the sandy floor of the crystal clear water on the lake. On the hike we saw chipmunks, squirrels, deer and woodpeckers. The trails were well marked and easy to follow.

I would have to rate this trail as easy-moderate as it was not very difficult (or at least not nearly as difficult as other moderate level trails we have hiked in the area).

We hit the park on a couple of amazing days weather wise. Made for some great time in the woods.

Amazing hike. Highly recommend!!

Lighthouse was awesome! Overall a great hike. Some sand dunes to traverse that offered a bit of a challenge.

❤❤ Absolutely gorgeous, quite a few places with to stop and enjoy the view, 10/10 would recommend.

hiking
29 days ago

Loved this hike, was more wooded then I first expected, but all in all wonderful.

Best trail to experience the essence of Ludington State Park. Great trail for wildlife viewing off-season.

Great hike for photo ops and children.

Best marked trail for experiencing the dunes.

Best trail for peace and quiet in the park in my experience. Good for those who have had too much sun. All forested and cooler.

Perfect for energetic children. Our grandchildren love all the stairs and the dune climb at the top. Great views of the dunes in the southern portion of the park.

1 month ago

Exceeded our expectations...we went late in the afternoon on a sunny day and the late afternoon light gave the surroundings a gorgeous glow, we took some amazing pictures. There wasn't much foot traffic on the path considering it was a holiday weekend. Worth a look if you are in the area with pets and/or kids.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

I found this trail to be more "moderate" than easy. Great views with some up and down climbs. More difficult than Island Trail, but beautiful!

Beautiful trails through the woods mostly. If you're looking for more of a challenge, try Ridge trail. This is more up and down with amazing views from a higher perspective. Sightings of Lake Michigan and Big Sable Lighthouse!

The service trail was a bit hot in the sun and we also had to dodge the bus that was trolleying people and forth. Half way to the lighthouse, we ditched the trail and took the beach the rest of the way. It was so worth it. The other half of the trail seemed a little unclear due to the ponds forming at the base of several dunes, but the lighthouse was really neat with a great view from the top and a gift shop. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Short hike, but the steps on the Skyline Trail take you up and above the dunes with a beautiful view toward Lake Michigan. Right off the main path, but really easy to overlook on their trail map. I promise that the views are worth it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

hiking
2 months ago

Just a portion of our hiking over in Ludington. One of my favorites with a nice mix of woods, beach, and views of the dunes and Lake Michigan. Moderately challenging and surprisingly not very busy for a weekend in July. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️