Fort Holmes, Mackinac Island

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Sitting atop the highest ridge on the island, Fort Holmes represents the reconstruction of an early 19th-century wood and earthen fort and one of few War of 1812 historic sites in Michigan. Notice the loopholes on the hewn log structure once used for musket and cannon fire. The hike up hill takes a bit of effort, but the scenic vistas of the Straits of Mackinac make it well worth. Before you head to Mackinac Island, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning website, to make sure you see all that Mackinac Island has to offer, including Fort Holmes.
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  • Since it is the highest point on the island, it's not for the faint of heart. Three ways up and all very uphill. Another must see gem for the history buffs out there. 
    Since it is the highest point on the island, it's not for the faint of heart. Three ways up and all very uphill. Another must see gem for the history buffs out there.  more »
  • It's a small restored fort at about the highest point on the island and not easy to get to. You have to be in shape for the uphill hike, but once there you see a neat piece of overlooked history of.....  more
    It's a small restored fort at about the highest point on the island and not easy to get to. You have to be in shape for the uphill hike, but once there you see a neat piece of overlooked history of.....  more »
  • I believe we counted 144 steps to the fort if I remember correctly. But each step was worth it because the view is amazing and it was pretty cool to see how this fort was set up. 
    I believe we counted 144 steps to the fort if I remember correctly. But each step was worth it because the view is amazing and it was pretty cool to see how this fort was set up.  more »
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  • Worth the view if you can handle the long walk/ bike ride all uphill! They say this is the northernmost part of the island, so it was extremely windy!! But you can see so far from up here, the view is totally amazing!! The little fort was pretty neat too, if that's your thing... I mostly appreciated looking at the water, not much interest in the fort here🙃
  • It is a crazy hard bike ride and then tons of killer stairs to get up here, but the view is the best one on the island. There is one of those green historical signs you can read, and you can see the other islands and the bridge from here. The fort itself is pretty cool-looking, too. If you like history and forts, you will enjoy this one.
  • The fort was a great representation of the past. Absolutely stunning views (no pictures, just come experience) of the harbor, lakes Huron, Michigan and Mackinac Bridge.
  • The views were spectacular. Well worth the walk or bike up (not sure if horse drawn carriages go there). The fort was smaller than I expected but really interesting, nonetheless. Great place to stop and have a bite at one of the picnic tables as you enjoy the views. Also, there is a unisex restroom that is well kept.
  • The stairs are worth the view. If you visit Fort Mackinac first, be sure to angle yourself in the back of the fort to spy Fort Holmes. Take a picnic, there are several tables to enjoy the vantage point.

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