Try snowshoeing at Ludington State Park|
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free snowshoe hikes this month at Ludington State Park. The park is hosting an afternoon hike on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., and has scheduled two special evenings of snowshoeing by moonlight on Feb. 14 and 28, starting at 7 p.m.
The guided, two-hour hikes begin and end at the park's trail shelter building, next to the front entrance parking lot, and run through wooded, snow-covered sand dunes.
"Snowshoeing is easy, almost as easy as walking, and once someone has mastered the technique, winter will never be same," said park interpreter Alan Wernette. "It's really the best mode of transportation at this time of year in order to see and appreciate all the unique resources of the park."
No reservations are needed for the outings. Participants are advised to dress for the weather and to bring a friend and a warm beverage to relax with after the hike in the heated trail shelter. Moonlight snowshoers also should bring a flashlight.
A limited number of snowshoes will be available for those who do not have a pair. The snowshoes fit adults with size-3 shoes and higher. To reserve a pair, call the park office at 231-843-8671, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry. Permits are $4 for the day or $20 for an annual, which is valid at any state park.