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Ludington School Forest
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A Fun Time Any Time of the Year!
To anyone passing by, it may look like any ordinary wooded area, but the Ludington School Forest is far from ordinary. Within this quarter square mile in northeast Ludington, you’ll find trails for biking, hiking, snowshoeing, even a disc golf course!
North of Bryant Road and east of Sherman is a 1.8 mile section of bike trail, thanks to the hard work from the Shoreline Cycling Club. Another .7 mile section winds from this area south, and a separate trail takes you from the northern most part of the School Forest all the way down to Tinkham Avenue.
East of Sherman and north of Tinkham is where you’ll find the hiking trails- popular in the warmer seasons for hikers, and during the winter it’s a haven for those who cross country ski and snowshoe. The trails are labeled East Loop and West Loop. The more open land is found in the East Loop, which is approximately 1.5 miles in length. The West Loop is more heavily wooded and is 1.25 miles long. Dogs are allowed on the hiking trails, provided they are leashed and picked up after. No alcohol or smoking is allowed, as this is school property. No restrooms are available.
Disc Golf Course
One of Mason County’s six disc golf courses is found within the Ludington School Forest. Leviathan, set upon 150 acres, is actually two courses- one is 7,925 feet and the other is 4,367 feet. There is a parking area off Jebavy Drive where you can park and access the golf course. Mason County is known around the country as being a premier spot for disc golf. The Michigan State Disc Golf Championship is held in this area every Labor Day Weekend, where 400 of the best disc golfers in the state compete for the top prize.
With all the natural wonders surrounding us, it’s nice to know you don’t have to travel far to enjoy wooded beauty, right here within Ludington’s city limits.
Looking for discs? Pere Marquette Expeditions carries all the top brands!
When turning right onto Jebavy Dr. traveling west on US-10, you will see the School Forest disc golf course entrance on your left.
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Rotary Park park features several trees and a large, open space. Formerly City Park, the rotary club is behind many of the improvements.
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One of the most popular state parks in the Midwest offers a vacation within itself. Enjoy beautiful natural resources and endless activities.
Take a walk through the woods at Cartier Park, featuring paved trails. This park is also home to “Central Bark,” Ludington’s only dog park.
Just as the name suggests, Memorial Tree Park is nestled inside the trees and is a cozy park for relaxation and play.
Take your furry friend on their own vacation at Ludington’s very own dog park! Play catch, frolic about, and make new friends!
The Legacy Plaza is located in the heart of downtown Ludington, a popular spot for relaxing, eating, and entertainment.
Waterfront Park features a fantastic view of the S.S. Badger and sits right along two marinas of Lake Michigan.