Ludington State Park: Skyline Trail Loop
Ludington State Park features more than 20 miles of trails but the most popular path in the park is also the shortest: the Skyline Trail. This half-mile path requires you to climb stairways to the crest of a dune, but once you’re on top the walking is easy and the views are spectacular.
Three stairways provide access to the Skyline Trail. They are located in the parking lot on the south side of the Sable River, near the center of the trail and along Sable River Trail. By following a portion of the Sable River Trail and the Skyline Trail in a clockwise direction from the parking lot, you’ll make a 1-mile loop and encounter the interpretive posts in numerical order.
There are thirteen numbered posts along the boardwalk that correspond to information in a brochure available from map boxes at the foot of each staircase or can be downloaded from this site. They identify the three common evergreens in Michigan, explain dune country succession, and point out stumps and other remnants of the loggers who arrived in 1851 to cut down the white pine.
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