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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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  • Very picturesque from the top or from below. Great winter hike pays off with such a great vista. Recommend in the quietude of winter. Nice trip. 
  • A must see when you are on the island. See it via horse ride or bike ride. We only spent the day here with our kids and I would not recommend more than two. 
  • If you take the scenic carriage ride around the island, you will see this site and be allowed to stand in front of the arch and take pictures. There is a staircase beside it to climb and better view t...  more »
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  • It's a rock, but it's pretty cool and definitely worth checking out. If you take the carriage ride, you will stop by here for a few minutes. As our carriage driver put it "There are tons of pictures of Arch Rock on the internet, but none with you in them!". Take a few minutes and go see Arch Rock, you won't regret it. It was also a major reason why the park was granted state park status. See it from the top and then take a bicycle ride around the island to see it from the bottom.
  • I've been to the island a few times but never took the time to go. It's much closer than I thought. Made a few stops on the way like skull cave. Smooth paved trails one way some has stairs the other has a big hill to climb. Paved trials/roads kids enjoyed it as well. We enjoyed the walk both ways to it.
  • Love that it's still a free attraction on the island. Not many of those left.
  • Amazing location, easy hike with kids via paved roads or by bike. Gorgeous view that doesn't disappoint. Many people taking pictures at the actual rock, less crowded on the trails.
  • This is a beautiful site. Other tourists made it difficult to enjoy the view.