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A Perfect Day to Enjoy Trails and Waterways

In every season, endless opportunities for outdoor recreation abound, making Pure Ludington the go-to destination whenever you have a hankering to head north. Wander deep-woods trails or cross the dunes surrounded by sights and sounds of breathtaking natural landscapes, or dip your paddles into the water and find your way to the majesty of the Great Lakes. Whatever adventure you choose, Pure Ludington will keep you coming back for more!

Morning: Nordhouse Dunes or Ludington Hiking/Biking

3,450 acres of National Forest wilderness awaits your arrival at Nordhouse Dunes. Explorers of all ages will be in awe of the vast Lake Michigan views and will marvel at the natural landscape of dunes, ponds, and marshes that are habitats for diverse wildlife. Approximately 10 miles of trails can be accessed from two trailheads at the end of Nurnberg Road and Lake Michigan Recreation Area.

With trails for hiking, biking or cross-country skiing, the 5-mile Ludington School Forest trail system offers outdoor adventure in any season. Another popular trail, Cartier Park, is a 3-mile lopped trail offering a quick ride in the heart of the city. This great spot features a hard paved surface, ideal for a family trek. Locals and visitors alike enjoy these trails throughout the year.

Need to rent bikes? Check out Trailhead Bike Shop or Spindrift Cyclesports.

Afternoon: Ludington State Park Canoe Trail or Paddle the PM River

We have the perfect leisurely paddling expedition for the whole family. This 4-mile Ludington State Park Canoe Trail runs along the west shore of Hamlin Lake, adjacent to Ludington State Park, and is perfect for an afternoon on the water. This paddle takes about 2.5 hours to complete, leaving time to enjoy the other amenities of the state park.

On land, the Lighthouse Trail at Ludington State Park is a great stretch from Lost Lake all the way to the lighthouse. It takes you along some of the most spectacular rolling dunes with beautiful overlooks to Lake Michigan and the surrounding park.

The Pere Marquette River is a National Scenic River that flows through the Manistee National Forest offering a leisurely float. With several area access points, this is the perfect waterway for paddlers seeking a fun and easy day on the river. If you need to rent watercraft, Pere Marquette Expeditions is a paddlesport outfitter located in Ludington that can get you set up to paddle the day way.

Great Eats

Anyone will enjoy these restaurants after a day outdoors: Old Hamlin Restaurant, Stix, Ludington Bay Brewing Company, Keeper’s Fish Shack and Jamesport Brewing Company.