I so hesitate to even add to this review... Ludington State Park is my nirvana. I spent at least 14 summers of my childhood, young adult life camping in this park. We Michiganders have a love of camping and we have tons of beautiful state parks. None as nice as Ludington. It is the kind of place you can explore as a kid and never feel scared, you can ride your bike for hours, walk on trails that will stay tranfixed in your memory for life, meet new friends, roll down huge sand dunes, explore desolate spots in the dunes , get a killer sun tan, play in the big waves before and after a storm, go to town and get an ice cream, watch a movie in the downtown cinema, eat at the Sportsman's bar, walk the city pier, sit around a wonderful campfire. I could go on and on and on. It's where my husband took me to propose to me because he knew how important a place it is to me. It's where my father retired. It's where my heart will always be.
It has always been so popular but now it is nearly impossible to get a campsite unless you reserve one the first week in January. It is packed all the time. But you can still get lost on a walk, fish in the river and find a nice place on the beach. I just wish it was still the secret paradise I knew as a child.
I have met one or two people who didn't care for it. I think most people who have spent time there feel like I do. I highly recommend taking more than a weekend. It takes a while to see it all.
Walk to the Light House via the beach at least to or from.
Watch a sunset sitting on the top of a dune.
- Also Known As:
- Ludington State Park Hotel Ludington
- State Park Hotel Ludington