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. Use our Mackinac Island tour planner to arrange your visit to Arch Rock and other attractions in Mackinac Island.
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  • August 14, 2017
    On our trip to Mackinac Island we stop here and enjoyed the view. Looks great! You can have a look from above when you hike to the arch or from below when you take the coast route.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We walked and hiked around the island. We later rented bikes. The kids complained all the way up to Arch rock because of all the steps. We made it to the top and they enjoyed the views.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    There is a hike and more than 200 stairs to get to the Arch and to see it from above. It is worth it!  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Great view, thoroughly enjoyed the walk out there. I think we had expectations beyond what it was able to deliver, very touristy spot, but I'm glad we went to see it once.
  • May 17, 2017
    Very nice view and worth the walk from downtown. This is a popular attraction and it can get busy or difficult to get a picture. Arrive early or later for the best photos.
  • May 16, 2017
    One of the real nice spots I remember from my visit to Michigan over 30 years ago. Well worth the walk from the pier ;-)
  • June 30, 2017
    See it once, then find more interesting things on the island.
  • July 7, 2017
    Pretty nice landscape feature with a great view at the top

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