Lighthouse Trail

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Lighthouse Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hamlin Township, Michigan that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles
88 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




Directions from Daisy Farm Campground: Paddle from the campground or take a guided day trip from one of the visitor centers.

2 months ago

The lighthouse had just opened the first weekend in May. My 8 year old loved the easy walk. We went up to the top-$5 for adults. Helpful volunteers manned the house.
Tip: you can’t wear a child in a carrier to go up the lighthouse stairs. The lighthouse does sell cold drinks and a few snacks. Open from May to Oct.

2 months ago

A nice hike through the dunes. We couldn’t go in the lighthouse when we went (April) though I’m not sure if it’s open during the summer season or not. The beach was gorgeous. We only saw a few other people along the way, though I imagine it’s busier during the summer season.

9 months 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.

9 months ago

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

Best marked trail for experiencing the dunes.

11 months ago

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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

11 months ago

Great view and swimming

Friday, November 18, 2016

Just plain fun. Great views clean path

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Great hike, but on a hot day take more water than you think you need! Much of this trail is sand and dunes, so wear appropriate shoes. Very nice payoff at the end with the beach and Big Sable lighthouse. We camped at Pines and hiked from there - was just under 4 miles round trip...Take a camera!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The map on this page is misleading--it shows the dirt road running between Pines Campground and the lighthouse (called the Lighthouse Road), not the actual Lighthouse Trail, which runs between Lost Lake and the lighthouse. You can indeed easily walk (or bike) the Lighthouse Road, starting from either Pines Campground or the Lake Michigan Beach House just southwest of it, but it's a far prettier and more satisfying hike to take the Lighthouse Trail, where you can enjoy the succession from beach to foredunes to interdunal wetlands to dune forest that makes Ludington SP special. (See the park's trail map here: Our favorite route is to start at Hamlin Beach, from which the Lost Lake Trail takes you to the Lighthouse Trail, then return after visiting the lighthouse (restrooms, gift shop, tour) by walking about a mile down the Lighthouse Road to the Coast Guard Trail, which takes you through some lovely dune forest back to Hamlin Beach (the Coast Guard Trail ends at Beechwood Campground; just cut across the campground to pick up the Lost Lake Trail taking you back to Hamlin Beach). This adds up to about 5 miles of moderate hiking, with around a quarter of it involving soft sand and/or climbing. Good chances of seeing deer, birds, butterflies and dune wildflowers.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Our family has hiked this trail at least a half dozen times. We have always begun at the Ludington State Park beach house and walked up the beach to the lighthouse and then back to the parking lot on the trail/road. Walking on sand can be uncomfortable if you have never done it before. We try to spend as much time as possible on the harder, wet sand. After a short while you will be able to see the lighthouse in the distance, but seeing it does it not make it actually close. We usually go up to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding forested sand dunes. A beautiful trip every time.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Good mix of woods and sand hiking with an awesome view of the light house at the end! Many other LSP trails in the area as well all very well marked. Highly recommend them all.

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