The most popular state park in the Midwest offers so much to visitors, from the miles of trails to Big Sable Point Lighthouse to two beaches. But most associate the Ludington State Park with camping, and the three campgrounds within the park fill up months before the summer season. Whether you prefer modern or primitive camping, the Ludington State Park has it all, surrounded by natural woodlands, water and dunes. There are a total of 355 sites among all the campgrounds, including three mini-cabins.
The Beechwood Campground is closest to the Hamlin Lake Beach. There are 147 modern sites with electricity (some sites have 50 amp service), modern showers & restrooms, mini-cabin, playground, recycle center...and certain sites that are handicap accessible. You can access the Lost Lake Trail from the northern section of the campground and the Coast Guard Trail from the middle section. There is also a boardwalk on the eastern side of the campground.
The Cedar Campground is between Beechwood and Pines campgrounds and features 110 modern sites with electricity, mini-cabins, modern showers & restrooms, playground, and eight sites for tents only (no electricity). Near the entrance to Cedar Campground you'll find the Campground Host and the Park Store.
The Pines Campground has 98 modern sites with electricity (some with 50 amp service), modern showers & restrooms, mini-cabin, and certain handicap accessible sites. From this campground you can head out on the Logging Trail to the north or the Lighthouse Trail to the northwest which takes you out to Big Sable Point Lighthouse.
The Jackpine Campground is for hike-in only and there are 10 remote tent sites. There is no electricity and restrooms are rustic. Supplies must be bicycle packed or backpacked in one mile from the designated parking area. Location is north of the Pines Campground and is one mile from Big Sable Point Lighthouse.
Features of the Ludington State Park
Over 18 miles of trails can be found throughout the park, where you can choose a leisurely 30-minute walk to a more vigorous 3-hour hike. Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddle board and view the state park from a totally different angle. Tube down the Sable River, take in a performance at the amphitheater, or spend the day at the beach. Boredom is simply not possible at Ludington State Park!