The Ludington State Park is the most understated, winter-activity gold mine. This year, make plans to trek (or glide) through the scenic park during one of its guided or lantern-lit outdoor events. These popular adventures are returning for 2021-22, and they’re complete with bonfires, hot cocoa and pure family fun.
All activities begin at the warming shelter near the park’s entrance. The state park has 60 pairs of snowshoes available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis (for ages 8+). Visitors are also welcome to cross-country ski on the trails during the lantern-lit events.
Here’s a look at the schedule:
Dec. 4 & 11 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) - Early Bird Snowshoe Hikes: If there is not enough snow, a nature hike will still be held.
Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 (1 p.m.) - Guided Snowshoe Walks: A park interpreter will lead you on a hike while providing a wealth of information about the park, its natural resources and wildlife.
Jan. 15, 19; Feb. 12 (6 p.m.) - Evening Guided Snowshoe Hikes: Visitors will be accompanied by a park interpretive guide during evening hikes.
Jan. 8, 22; Feb. 5, 19 (6-8 p.m.) - Lantern-lit Snowshoe and Ski Trail Events: Approximately one mile of trails will be lighted, creating a magical experience for recreational enthusiasts as they make their way through the blanketed forest. Participants may stop at a bonfire to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
If you’re unable to attend an official scheduled event, the state park is open year round and has miles of trails and dunes available for exploration. The park is also open for winter camping. Make your reservation HERE.