Arch Rock, Mackinac Island

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A natural limestone arch in Mackinac Island State Park, Arch Rock stands 45 m (146 ft) above Lake Huron. The arch, which was created after the end of the Wisconsin glacial episode, forms a perfect window through which to view the lake. Because the sediment forming the arch is not ideal for creating natural bridges, this particular arch is uncommon in the region. Native Americans saw the arch as a place of divine power and based many stories and legends around it. To get here, you can walk or bike the trails, or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Add Arch Rock and other attractions to your Mackinac Island trip itinerary using our Mackinac Island tour planning website .
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  • Great view from the top of the rock. People below look very tiny. If you can't take a lot of stairs, come in the back way or take a carriage ride up.  more »
  • This is a must visit on the island. The views from here are wonderful. This is definitely a spot to take a picture. You can see the blue water stretch out for miles beyond the rock. It can get crowded...  more »
  • Awesome view! Stopped here as part of our carriage tour of the island. Great scenic overlook and photo opportunity. Well worth the trip!  more »
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  • This natural rock formation perched over the waters of the lake is close enough to town and especially Mission Point that the walk is well worth it for the views. On sunny summer days, the tranquil blue waters of the shore can be glimpsed through the eye of the arch making for beautiful pictures. The walk up is short but involves several stairs, so take it easy and enjoy the views on the way up. It’s also easy to get to via bike rental from town and a fairly quick ride out. Don’t miss this awesome formation when visiting.
  • Accessible from bike and carriage paths from the island interior or by climbing a ton of steps from the perimeter trail. The formation itself is iconic and beautiful. View of Lake Huron from the top is amazing. Looks like the Caribbean on some days.
  • I really do not understand why any one would rate this place less than 5 stars. It is beautiful, natural and relaxing place. If you do not like the nature, do not go there . The view from the Arch rock is mesmerizing that would keep you involved for hours. If you are there early in the morning or late in the evening,you can really enjoy the birds chirping and crickets.
  • Nature at it's unadulterated best! The view is memorable. From up at the top, you can see 3 million trees.
  • Nice view, but the arch is not big or amazing. It's cool, but not crazy cool. Nice job building observation decks. Room for plenty of people.

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