The iconic Big Sable Point Lighthouse is accessible by foot or bike (although the pathway can be more difficult for road bikes) via a 1.8-mile-long (one way) sand-and-gravel pathway. The pathway has little shade and is considered more strenuous, especially in the heat of the day.
Please do not park and block the gateway entrance to the sand-and-gravel pathway that leads to the lighthouse. There is parking available adjacent to the warming shelter just north of the park entrance.
Directions: Follow the signs into the Pines Campground and then follow the lighthouse symbols painted on the road until you come to the sand-and-gravel pathway located between campsites 58 and 59. Continue down the pathway for the remaining 1.5 miles (one way) trip to the lighthouse. You can return along the same route or walk the shoreline back to the Lake Michigan day-use area (high water levels may make this difficult).
The lighthouse is open for tours May through October and is maintained by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. There is a gift shop and an entrance fee to climb the tower.