Hike to Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Michigan Ludington State Park, MI

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One of the most scenic shoreline hikes in Michigan. Quiet beaches, postcard-worthy sunsets, and no cell phone service.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse is perhaps one of the most scenic locations in Michigan. A 3.6 mile round trip hike along the Lake Michigan shoreline will bring you to the destination, which is nestled among sprawling sand dunes. Each evening, it offers a stunning sunset along the sandy beaches.

A short distance from the lighthouse, back-country camping is offered. Those who are looking to obtain a permit must do so through Ludington State Park. Closer to the main entrance is a drive-in campground, which allows both tents and campers.

The surrounding area is filled with hiking trails, both along the sand dunes and in the woods. If you make the journey in the spring or fall, you'll often enjoy the beauty in perfect solitude.

Pack List

  • Bathing suit
  • Beach towel
  • Camera
  • Money
  • Sweatshirt
  • Sunglasses
  • Hydration pack
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Activities:

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Yoga, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

3.6 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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9 months ago

Great Hike

This hike is well worth it and is very rewarding at the end. The view of the lake from the top of the lighthouse is amazing

9 months ago

Added by Shalee Blackmer

I have my heart in Michigan and my mind around the world. Adventurer, travel blogger and outdoor enthusiast. You'll probably find me in the woods.

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