Ludington State Park Hiking Trails

Why it’s great for the first time hiker…

There are over 20 miles of awesome hiking trails in the Ludington State Park.  There are 8 loop combinations that will take you to Lake Michigan, through the hardwoods, rolling dunes and along Hamlin Lake.  These are some of the most scenic trails in the entire state!

Why it’s great for the first time XC Skier…

There are over 10 miles of groomed classic skiing with 4 loop combinations.  Combine this with a snowshoe on any of the hiking trails and it is a great day out in mother nature!


Best segment(s) for a 2 hours or less hike

The Island Trail is a great trail along Hamlin Lake and the Lighthouse Trail is great for those with limited time.

Trail Description

Situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several miles of shoreline and beaches on both bodies of water, Ludington State Park is comprised of nearly 5,300 acres of scenic sand dunes, ponds, marshlands and forests. It is one of the most popular state parks in Michigan with over 350 campsites. The park also boasts a canoe and kayak trail, two cross-country ski trails and 18 miles of hiking trails that include a 1.5-mile path that leads to Big Sable Point Lighthouse.


Ludington State Park Hiking Trails Trail
Length: 21.50 Miles
Facts & Stats: Eight different trail loops wind through woods and over dunes through the diverse ecosystems in the park. Trails are indicated by markers at intersection points.


Ludington State Park Cross Country Ski Trails Trail
Length: 10.00 Miles
Facts & Stats: For those who enjoy winter recreation, the Ludington State Park offers 10 miles of trails for cross country skiing or snowshoeing.

Difficulty: Easy


Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Pavement/Hard Pack Surface
  • Benches along the route
  • Non-Motorized only
  • Fee for use – MI Recreation Passport
  • Intersection Markers and information stations
  • Trail shelters

Trailhead Locations

Trailhead - Ludington State Park

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The Michigan's Great Outdoors collaborative consists of five Northern Michigan counties all working together to promote tourism in the region.  With so many hiking, biking, winter sports, and ORV trails in the region that dynamically connect these counties, this site is devoted to educate the first-time visitor to the region looking to explore the great outdoors for the first time.  We welcome you to browse this site and explore all this region has to offer.