Located just north of Ludington is a state park with a grand lighthouse that overlooks not just one lake, but two. Ludington State Park lies between the shores of Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake with several miles of shoreline and beaches on both bodies of water.
The 5,300-acre park, which opened in 1936, offers scenic sand dunes, shoreline, ponds, trails, forests, and the 112-foot Big Sable Point Lighthouse. If snow is still conquering the lands, the park has special groomed trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, as well as 21 miles of dedicated hiking trails. Then cozy up by the fire in one of their stone shelters built by the Civilian Conservation Corps or camp out in a tent site.
“A great way to see one of the most popular state parks is to go in the offseason,” says Kim Skeltis, a frequent visitor. “It’s very quiet and has a wonderful water experience, an older forest with big trees, and winding trails that I love just as much in the winter.” 8800 W. M-116, Ludington, MI 49431; 231-843-2423