and do the Ludington Volksmarch
A volksmarch is a non-competitive 6 mile (10 kilometer) walk. It's not a pledge walk, it's not a race, it is a fun activity you do with a club, with your family, with your pet, or all by yourself. The route through Ludington mostly follows city streets, but you can earn a patch by doing this walk.
The description begins at the Ludington House of Flavors restaurant at the corner of Ludington Avenue and Lewis St. To get credit for your walk at an award patch you must go in to House of Flavors and register your walk. There are a couple of questions to find the answers to while you hike.
Except for the waterfront, this is not a particularly scenic walk. It follows city sidewalks and circles the main area of the city of Ludington. But you can earn a patch for walking this. Take a friend, and make it a social event rather than a scenic getaway.
Head west from House of Flavors on Ludington Ave. Go one block and turn right on Gaylord Ave to Fitch St. Right on Fitch to James. Left on James to Tinkham. Left on Tinkham to Park. Left on Park to Fitch. Right on Fitch to Lakeshore Drive, cross and enter Stearns Park- follow the sidewalk or the beach. Walk past the playground, cross Ludington Ave and continue past the Fish Cleaning Station. Join the Waterfront Walkway Loop along the channel to Ferry St. Take Ferry north to Loomis. Right on Loomis to William. Right on William to Filer into the city Marina. Return to Williams and to Loomis. Right on Loomis to James. Left on James to Ludington Ave. Right on Ludington Ave to Washington. Left on Washington to Tinkham. Left on Tinkham to Delia. Left on Delia to Haight. Right on Haight to Lewis. Left on Lewis and return to House of Flavors.
Access- Park near House of Flavors. Their business lot is small, but there is plenty of street parking nearby, and at Stearns Park and the Marina (see map).
Restrictions- Dogs must be leashed. Stearns Drive is one way for traffic north to south.
Seasonality- channel walkway may be closed in winter due to ice
Distance and time- something between 5.5 and 6 miles, all on hard surface with potentially some traffic to dodge, allow 2-3 hours. Mileage was measured on a topographic map at 5.6 miles and is reported on the Volksmarch literature to be 10 kilometers.
Trail Markers- none, follow the directions on the printed map you will receive at House of Flavors
Treadway- paved, stable footing all the way in good weather. Storms, ice and snow may make the path difficult in winter. There are not cut curbs at every corner, so it is not fully accessible.
Ecosystem- some waterfront, the rest is small city urban
Other points of interest-
Ludington Marina, Breakwall, Fish Cleaning Station, High School
Most recent date this info personally checked on foot- July 2000
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Scenic Views- you could time your walk to watch the ferry go in or out
Rest Rooms- City rest room is located near the beach, also at House of Flavors
Potable Water- House of Flavors, City Rest Room in summer
Access- parking on city streets
American Volkssport Association
75 Old Mill Drive #10
Holland, MI 49423-5239
Contact : Louise Blystra, (616) 394-0854
Ludington Marina 360 degree panoramic photo tour by Sid Sytsma
Ludington Beach 360 degree panoramic photo tour by Sid Sytsma