Arch Rock, Mackinac Island

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#1 of 166 in Nature in Michigan
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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  • I did a lot of exploring in Mackinac island, this was one of my favorites! It is a really cool natural wonder!  more »
  • Cant go wrong passing this place on your trip around the island! So many places to take amazing pics!!  more »
  • It is a classic icon of the island. Too bad we can't climb on it for a really social media worthy photo ;) KIDDING! A nice after lunch hike!  more »
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  • Beautiful! From the pictures we took it's going to be hard to tell if we were in Michigan or pm a tropical island. The 'hike' to get there was more of a walk with a couple slight hills and is a must do for anyone visiting the island no matter what time of year.
  • I was here when I was younger but I don't remember it being so pretty. We took a carriage tour and was able to view the rock. The blue water below is really nice.
  • We were in the area for a trip to the island, and spent one day on the boat seeing the sights. Our trip around the island on the boat was everyone's favorite part of the trip. Arch rock was great, but driving the boat under the bridge was by far the highlight of the day. If you have a boat, this is the must do experience of the day.
  • Great place to take pictures and get a view of the lake. This place can be crowded at times and it can be hard to get a picture of the rock because of this. I think they need to upgrade the viewing area to make it bigger and more functional. Definitely worth a stop while you are biking around the island.
  • Great day trip across the ice bridge to go see the island in the winter.
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