Ludington State Park is incredible, so I guess it makes sense that it would be packed with campers. We got one of the few sites left, in Pines, for our first visit last week and arrived to find campers squeezed in like sardines. Our site was a patch between a huge RV and a little pop up camper with all the bells and whistles, on a corner near a restroom. It was a far cry from the remote areas we’ve enjoyed at other parks and we were at first a little dismayed by lack of privacy and the traffic — people walking dogs, kids on bikes, etc etc. But everyone was friendly and well behaved— no blaring music or rude teens, just the bustle of families.
We did find the rules were rather loosely enforced— we encountered a few bikes on the trails, dogs off leash, kids out past 10, etc.— but no one really causing any trouble so our impression was people know they can bend a little but they don’t push it.
The bathrooms were fine, electrical service worked great, and the trails were immaculate and well maintained— steps, handrails, etc.
There was no cell service in Pines though we did get a couple of bars on the beach, so that’s something to consider.
We were able to walk to the lighthouse, but didn’t— we got about halfway and decided to walk to the beach instead. It was beautiful, sandy and nice for kids to swim. We were not expecting the lavish bathhouse, with nature displays, board games, benches for beach viewing, etc.
We checked out several of the other trails— all accessible on foot from Pines campground.
Relaxation at its finest! We came here to enjoy some peace and quiet! It was by far the best place to get the job done! This place is amazing!
Ludington State Park has several spots to camp. The Cedars Campground was one of three open this time of year. There is a great tent only section of this campground and if you can't get into the hike in sites at the Jack Pine Campground, Cedars is your next best option.
Sites back up to the woods with large berms which is nice especially if you like to jump right in and explore and for privacy. There are about 12 tent sites at this lcoation. It also has a nice general store close by as well as a nice Bathroom area with large clean restrooms and showers.
It is also a centrally located spot with nice hikes to Lake Michiganto the west and an large network of trails around several lakes and an light house to the east and north. The campground also sits next to the river that connects Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan. A great spot to fish or enjoy an evening hike.
It won't be the most private spot you will ever camp but it is a great spot with lots of options.
As a Ranger for The Dyrt I get products to test and review. At Ludington State Park I tested Mountain House Meals.
The Mountain House Meals are a great and easy way to have a great dinner while camping or backpacking. Easy to make it is a meal that all you have to do is add boiling water to the freeze dried packet of food. I tried the lasagna with meat sauce and Chicken Fajita Bowl and they were both very tasty.
The one thing I would keep in mind is that you need to make sure you notice how many servings are listed on the outside of the bag. When it says 2 servngs feel free to share with a fellow camper. Even after a long day of hiking it was a little too much for one sitting.
It was easy to make!
They taste great!
Lots of different option for meals!
I will be revieiwng other flavors, as I go.
Cedars campground at Ludington State Park is nice campground with an amazing beach and river area. The sites are well spaced but the campground overall is not well wooded, especially the sites in the middle of the loop. Trails are great for walking/bike riding and the beach makes this campground worth it. Campfire rings are very well made which is a plus.