The S.S. Badger Carferry is a fun and relaxing shortcut across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Photo by Craig Sterken
Trails & Tours
Whether it is a bicycle trail, water trail, or a cultural trail — experience an adventure unlike others as you venture down whatever path you choose.
Discover numerous lighthouses, sculptures, and paths for water travel as you discover something new with each new trail or tour.
Michigan has an abundance of lakes and streams that are not only beautiful, but are perfectly tailored to the wonderful pastime of kayaking. Whether you like swift-moving streams with some action, or idyllic ponds and lakes for smooth gliding, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for not far from where you live. One such place to experience this pastime is Ludington State Park. Within the park are several options to satisfy the explorer in each of us.
Hiking and Biking Trails
Hiking and Biking is a pinnacle activity in Ludington, with several trails existing within the Ludington State Park. And you don’t even have to venture far from the city! Check out the Ludington School Forest for a 5-mile bike trail and separate hiking trail; and be sure to utilize the paved path at Cartier Park for a bike ride, walk, or run through the woods!
Mason County, home to Ludington, Scottville, Hamlin Lake and many rural communities, is well known for beaches and its beautiful countryside. But there’s much more to offer locals and visitors, as Mason County is also becoming rich in culture, and there are hidden treasures throughout the county that the general public may not be aware of. To bring attention to the historical and cultural aspects of Mason County, a new “trail” system was formed. The Mason County Cultural Trail is comprised of six trails: Lumber Heritage Trail, Agricultural Trail, Barn Quilt Trail, and Sculpture Trail.
Self-Guided Musuem Tours
Take a dive into the area’s museums and experience the rich history and huge selection of exhibits for visitors of all ages. Take a step back in time to learn about Ludington’s history and culture through digital story telling, authentic images and artifacts, as well as engaging and interactive exhibits.
Lake Winds Energy Park
Sitting on more than 16,000 acres south of Ludington and east of the current Ludington Pumped Storage Plant is Lake Winds Energy Park. This park is home to 56 wind turbine generators. This project helps power Ludington and has been estimated to generate $33 million to Mason County.
Fall Color Tour
A chill in the air and a burst of color can only mean one thing … It’s time for fall, and it’s time for a color tour! Take a look at the best routes for the most scenic views here.
More Activities & Attractions in Ludington
Check out our picks for the top 50 coolest things to do in Ludington, Michigan, along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Ludington has many beautiful beaches and parks to explore. Enjoy a day on the shores of Lake Michigan or take in the scenery at a local park.
Discover small town life in the late 1800s and early 1900s at Historic White Pine Village in Ludington, overlooking Lake Michigan.
There are many places for anglers to try their luck, and Ludington has such a great variety of fish. The area also has great charter captains.
In addition to thousands of book titles, the Mason County District Library’s Ludington and Scottville branches provide many free programs.
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is the gathering place for community expression through arts and cultural experiences.
Ludington visitors flock to the area to view our two majestic lighthouses, the North Breakwater Light and Big Sable Point Lighthouse.
Within the downtown Ludington region, several murals grace the façades of local area businesses, telling stories of the area’s rich history.
No matter your experience level, Ludington area charter captains will guide you in what to bring and what to expect on the big lake.