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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.

Water Trails

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!

Cultural Trails

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

Beaches & Parks

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.

Ludington Salmon Fishing

Ludington’s natural resources, charter captains, and outfitters provide great salmon fishing on Lake Michigan and the Pere Marquette River.

Long Skinny Park

Long Skinny Park is located on Lower Hamlin Lake between the South and Middle bayous. Perfect for fishing or taking in the view.

Ludington’s Great Outdoors

Ludington has miles of beautiful beaches, the Ludington State Park, and all the activities that take place in Mother Nature’s playground.

Waterfront Park Sculptures

The bronzed sculptures in Ludington’s 5-acre Waterfront Park sets it apart from other parks. The park is situated on the Lake Michigan inlet.

Weather & Water Conditions

West Michigan weather – they say if you don’t like the weather in Ludington, wait a few minutes and it will change.

Fishing on Hamlin Lake

Fishing on Hamlin Lake

If there’s one thing that Hamlin Lake is known for, it’s excellent fishing. Catch crappie, bluegill, and more across thousands of acres.

Disc Golf Courses

Disc golf is a big deal here in the Ludington area, with up to 20,000 people per year visiting one of our six courses.

Charter Boat Fishing

No matter your experience level, Ludington area charter captains will guide you in what to bring and what to expect on the big lake.