Three Ways to Explore the Ludington State Park
You can't go wrong whether you wander the moss-covered Island Trail, take the short hike to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse or paddle the canoe trail.
Jul 14, 2009
They don’t call Ludington State Park (231-843-2423, michigandnr.com/parksandtrails) the Queen for nothing. The 5,300-acre dune, forest and water wonderland reigns supreme in the state park system for its abundant wildlife, diverse landscape and sheer majesty. You can experience her grace countless ways, but these three gems are must-do’s:
- Meander the Island Trail, a boardwalk path that links tiny moss-carpeted islands of hemlock and oak as it skirts between sleepy Lost Lake and Hamlin Lake.
- Hike the 1.5-mile Lighthouse Trail to the 1867-built Big Sable Point Lighthouse, a black-and-white classic perched amid Lake Michigan’s dune-swept shore and open for daily tours between May and October (231-845-7343, BIGSABLELIGHTHOUSE.ORG).
- Paddle the park’s one-of-a-kind canoe trail to explore the hushed hide-aways of Hamlin’s bayous and inlets.
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