Mackinac Island State Park, Mackinac Island

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
In the quiet setting of Mackinac Island State Park, without a single car in sight, visit several historical buildings and sites. More than 80 percent of the island is a nature park, featuring open ocean views and dramatic geological formations. Cross it by foot, by bike, on horseback, or by horse-drawn carriage (no automobiles allowed). You'll have the chance to visit caves such as the Devil's Kitchen, the Skull Cave, and the Cave of the Woods. Other stops of note: a battlefield, a church, a dormitory for Native Americans, and numerous exhibits. To visit Mackinac Island State Park and get the most from your holiday in Mackinac Island, create itinerary details personal to you using our Mackinac Island itinerary maker.
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  • We stayed at Mission Point so were right next to the entrance. Enjoyed walks and runs every morning along the coast. There are also many trails that go into the woods. Very pretty in the fall! 
  • It's also a good Park to walk with a walk, but at night it is very spooky, so it is a good idea not to go. Ride your bike and go in and adjust the speed of the downhill. Hit a high risk. Revisiting the whole island is a good path.
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  • Mackinac Island is rich in history; a charming island to visit. One day would not be enough. Spent a week there in early October; could have stayed longer. Horse drawn carts have priority, then the bi...  read more »
  • It's wonderful to visit a place that prohibits cars! Most people walk or ride bikes around the island or you can choose to take a tour by horse drawn carriage, if you prefer. If you visit Mackinac Island be sure to buy some fudge! Soooo delicious! Everything is well marked and as historically preserved as possible. We caught one of the late ferries back to the mainland and we were treated to see the Mackinac Bridge from the underside! Very cool and highly recommended. Is the island a tourist trap - sure but there's a lot of history there if you take the time to see it.
  • Beautiful views everywhere and very peaceful!! We had a great bike ride and explored many parts of the park on foot. There are lots of places to stop along the water and swim (it's mostly rocky though - very little sand - water shoes would be a great idea to pack). We saw many different bird species as well. There is an ice cream/refreshment shop about 1/2 way along the bike ride, bathrooms about every 2 miles. You could easily spend an entire day exploring. It is something you must do when visiting the island.
  • One of the most unique spots in Michigan. I and a few others spent a day here. We took a Star Line ferry to the island, then rented bikes. Rental places are interchangeable -- prices vary little, and all bikes are of the Dutch variety (3-5 speeds, pedal backwards to brake). Our ride around the island was the highlight of the visit. We stopped at Arch Rock (lots of stairs to climb), Devil's Kitchen (bizarre rock formation), and a few beach spots (beaches are pebbly and the water impossibly clear). We got pizza for lunch and ate at the nearby harbor. Then a modest uphill walk took us to the Governor's Summer Residence, Fort Mackinac, the Grand Hotel Stables (now a carriage museum), and ultimately the Grand Hotel itself. This place could hardly be more touristy, but it's well worth a visit nonetheless.
  • Beautiful park. Definitely would come again. There are some marvelous views to be seen and a nice little ice cream shop on the trail, not to mention the abundance of stores on the main road. As a cyclist, this place was basically heaven. An island where cars aren't allowed is probably the greatest place on earth.
  • Well kept and well run. I would recommend this to anyone. The workers take great pride in working there and delivering an experience that will be cherished forever.
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