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Ludington State Park, Ludington

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
One of the most popular state parks in Michigan, Ludington State Park beckons visitors for fishing, hiking, camping, and swimming in Lake Michigan. The park's 2,100 hectares (5,300 acres) encompass many ecosystems including forests, sand dunes, beaches, a dam, a river, and the lake. Visit the nature center for information on the park and recent wildlife sightings. Take a short walk along the beach to visit Big Sable Point Lighthouse, which dates to 1876 and stands 34 m (112 ft) tall. You can get out on the water by renting a boat on Hamlin Lake, or enjoy swimming in this man-made lake created by the Hamlin Lake Dam. With our international travel planner, Ludington attractions like Ludington State Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Great park with a lot to see. Good trails, campsite, stunning views, and close to food and snacks in town. Enjoyed the. Rely redesigned visitor's center. Great for an afternoon hike or a longer campin...  read more »
  • The dunes at this park are amazing! We walked in 1 1/2 miles to the lighthouse, and it was such a beautiful walk! Loved it and how close it was to the Lake. A great trip! 
  • We stopped here briefly on our way to Mackinac because my husband's parents had seen the salmon run here before. We were too early I think for that but drove through the park and TOTALLY loved it! Wou...  read more »
  • Top 5 state parks in Michigan This state park offers the widest variety of activities. Miles long walkable beaches. Inner lake ideal for kayaking and boating. The river downstream the dam great for floating tubes. Plenty of places for beginner anglers. The 3 camping sites are well interconnected through bicycle paths mostly paved. You can find more quiet in the remoter backside camp (tents only) and a gorgeous view of the stars. The lighthouse is icing on the cake. Clean services and well maintained.
  • Holly Molly Guacamole! I am happy that I got an opportunity to visit Ludington State Park . The park is humongous so plan for at least 3 nights stay. Beach is awesome and lively. The best part of this State Park is that 'It' has something to offer for all ages of people. Trails are superb. Mixed of bike and walk trails. You can rent a bike from park store. Did I said store? Yes, this state park has its own store where you can get all things that you can forget if have packed your stuff for camping in hurry. Ice parlor inside the store is good. All major credit cards are accepted so cashless shopping. The park offers tent only campsites (No electric points but who needs one) as well so if you don't want a RV jungle around you then book these sites (cedar campground). I hope that my review helps with your decision. No matter what, I am going again to this beautiful place! Enjoy. Happy Camping :)
  • This is by far one of my favorite state parks. It has everything, miles of sandy beaches, Lake Michigan shoreline and inland lakes. You can dock your boat, kayak, canoe right next to your campsite at the east end. They also offer rentals. The hiking trails are maintained very well with easy to follow maps. As far as camping goes they have everything from rustic hike in tent spots, to concrete pad RV spots. My only gripe is how crowded the place gets but it's hard to blame them. Even the drive in, in between the dunes is something else.
  • Camped in tent only area on the Cedar loop. There are eight tent only sites. Sites are crowded together. For example, we set up our tent (site 207), went away, came back to find new people at the neighboring site (site 207A) to have set up their tent less than ten feet from our tent. Way too close! However, the bathroom and shower facilities are great. Clean and ample warm water. If you choose to use this tent only area, we recommend site 206A. Or, if you want seclusion and if you are able to hike one mile, go to the Jack Pine area.
  • I grew up in this state park and have spent at least a week camping here every year of my life. The beach is one of the best in Michigan as it is large enough that even when it is busy it is not crammed. The trails are amazing: I highly recommend the Island-Lost lake loop for a 30-40 min hike and the light house trail for a 2-3 hour hike.
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