In 2016, Ludington was named one of the 16 best places to live in the United States by Outside Magazine, finding itself in the company of cities like Durango, CO, Bend, OR, and Boise, ID. And, with the plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities the Ludington Area affords, it won’t come as a surprise that locals have rallied around the mantra Love Ludington to show their affection for this special outdoor haven they call home. Check out our list of the best year-round outdoor activities below, or click here to find out how you can take the plunge to become a local and Live Ludington.
When it comes down to it, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to call home during the summer months than Ludington. With so many options of outdoor activities to choose from, your only problem will be cramming everything into your weekend before going back to work on Monday. With miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous inland lakes and rivers right in your backyard, you can easily spend the summer on your kayak or paddle board exploring the labyrinth of waterways. Or take your boat out on the big lake for a day of cruising and fishing before heading back to port to welcome the SS Badger back from its cross-lake voyage.
For many local land lovers, summer means one thing: the beach. Spend your days basking in the sunshine at city beach, or head out to first curve for a less crowded beach going experience. And if you’re looking for a more active approach to summer, head out to the Ludington State Park or Nordhouse Dunes for miles of wooded dune hiking and camping. Or take on Goliath, Leviathan, or one of the four other disc golf courses in Ludington & Scottville.
Locals continue to enjoy the great outdoors even after summer ends and the tourist crowd heads home for the season. Drive the backroads and take in the beautiful fall colors of northern Michigan. Make a day of it with the family and visit one of our many local farms for pumpkin picking, apple cider, and corn mazes. You can also hit the links at one of our four local golf courses for a round of golf in the cool comfort of a fall day. And fall wouldn’t be complete without the Oktoberfest craft beer festival in downtown Ludington the last week of September.
Everyone knows that Ludington is a recreation hotspot in the summer. But the fun doesn’t stop just because the temperature drops. The Ludington Area has a wide range of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiasts who are ready to bundle up and take on the elements. You can hop on a fat-tire bike and try your hand at the mountain biking trails in Cartier Park and the School Forest, or head out of town to ride the North Country Trail or the Big M. If skiing is your winter sport of choice, head out to the Ludington State Park for lantern-lit skiing or make the short drive up to Crystal Mountain or Caberfae Peaks for some downhill action. And if you don’t want to wait for summer to enjoy an outdoor craft beer festival with great music, Ludington’s BRRRewfest is the place to be to be the winter doldrums.
Ludington comes alive in the spring as the winter thaw gives way to budding trees and blooming flowers. Head out to the Manistee National Forest or one of the many nature observatories for a first-class birdwatching experience. Or put on your waders and grab your tackle box for some fly fishing in the Pere Marquette River. And as you’re enjoying the outdoors in the spring time, don’t forget to keep an eye out for morel mushrooms, which come into season in early spring.
Ludington is a great place to visit, but an event better place to live. If you aren’t fortunate enough to call the Ludington Area home, click here to explore relocation information.
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