Photo Gallery Friday: Ludington State Park

Photo Gallery Friday: Ludington State Park

Ludington State Park Hiking Trails

Photo Gallery Friday is a regular feature on Travel the Mitten that will help showcase photos from places where one post just isn’t enough to show off everything.

One of Michigan’s premier summer camping destinations is Ludington State Park on Lake Michigan. With miles of sandy beach, dunes, a historic lighthouse, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, it’s easy to see why this state park fills up so fast. The Pines, Cedar and Beechwood campgrounds combine to offer 355 campsites. We’ve camped here several times, and we’ve enjoyed swimming in Lake Michigan, hiking to Big Sable Point Lighthouse and climbing the tower, and exploring the trails that wind alongside Hamlin Lake. The hike to Big Sable Point Lighthouse is about a mile from the campground, leading visitors to a historic beacon built in the 1860s and still serving as an active aid to navigation today. Volunteer keepers open the lighthouse in the summer, and the tower can be climbed for a small fee. The view from 112 feet above the ground is stunning, and one of the tallest mainland lighthouse tower views in the state.

The photos below are some of our favorites from our visits there.

In the Ludington area, we recommend a stop at Jamesport Brewing Company for craft beers and food. Check out our other state park photo galleries:

Bewabic State Park

Van Riper State Park

Petoskey State Park

Menominee River State Recreation Area, Piers Gorge Unit