Arch Rock
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Arch Rock is one of the geological highlights of Mackinac Island State Park. It is a natural rock soaring 149 feet above the Straits of Mackinac that appears to be suspended in midair.
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  • Norma F
    Newburg, Maryland487 contributions
    Beautiful views
    Make sure you put this stop on your list of places to visit on the island. The views from Arch Rock are spectacular. You may have to wait for a photo op, but go ahead and do it. You’ll regret it if you pass it up. Walk around and enjoy the unmatched views of the lake. It is truly beautiful!
    Visited September 2022
    Written February 25, 2023
  • Wendi D
    59 contributions
    Gorgeous!
    Turn right on main Street when you get off the ferry. Continue walking for about 2 miles. Very level, past gorgeous houses and flowers, then along the lake. Couple of benches along the way. The 207 steps wasn't bad at all! View from the top is so worth it! If you continue on the road just past the steps, you can see the arch from below! Take bug spray! Lots of gnats along the lake!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • NLR_728
    25 contributions
    Carriage Tour = No stairs!
    We stopped during our carriage tour. It was beautiful. I’m glad we were able to stop during our carriage tour as they pull right up and it’s an easy flat walk to the Arch. If you don’t take the carriage you’ll be biking or walking up the hill. While it’s not that bad, I’m not sure the Arch is worth that much time and energy. Even though we only had 8-10 minutes there it was more than enough time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 21, 2023
  • SD Mom
    16 contributions
    Stunning natural wonder
    Beautiful and easy to access. No need to be an expert hiker or biker to reach this awesome natural wonder and sight. Carriage tour stops right at it. Short walk to the edge to see it and climb a few steps up a stair case for the view from nearby out to the lake.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Kevots
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania162 contributions
    Maybe worth the walk
    You can take a horse and buggy ride to the Arch Rock, but we chose to hike the coast road (about a three mile hike round trip from downtown). Uh oh! The Rock was above us, requiring we climb 204 steps. It’s fine. Just go at your own pace. Accessing the rock from the west via Arch Rock Road, North Bicycle Trail/Rifle Range Road is also uphill, but may be a better route. Once you finally arrive, the Rock is pretty cool, but the view on the catwalk above the Arch is spectacular, a few hundred feet above Lake Huron. By the time day was done, we had walked over five miles and enjoyed sitting for 16 minutes on our ride back to the mainland.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Deb C
    Milton, Delaware281 contributions
    Take a walk on the wild side
    It was a long walk from the center of town up a hill and through the woods to the rock. You can take a horse drawn carriage but hey who doesn’t love a little exercise? There were restrooms along the way and the view of the harbor from the top of the hill was awesome. We went on a weekend so the rock was quite crowded of folks taking pics and selfies. There is another climb from the rock area to an overlook Recommend that also.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
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RunningGirl14
Missouri156 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a neat rock formation with incredible views. Glad we walked up the stairs to see it. Makes a great photo op too! We thought it was worth it.
Written October 7, 2023
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Deb C
Milton, DE281 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
It was a long walk from the center of town up a hill and through the woods to the rock. You can take a horse drawn carriage but hey who doesn’t love a little exercise? There were restrooms along the way and the view of the harbor from the top of the hill was awesome. We went on a weekend so the rock was quite crowded of folks taking pics and selfies. There is another climb from the rock area to an overlook Recommend that also.
Written September 23, 2023
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Kevots
Philadelphia, PA162 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
You can take a horse and buggy ride to the Arch Rock, but we chose to hike the coast road (about a three mile hike round trip from downtown). Uh oh! The Rock was above us, requiring we climb 204 steps. It’s fine. Just go at your own pace. Accessing the rock from the west via Arch Rock Road, North Bicycle Trail/Rifle Range Road is also uphill, but may be a better route.
Once you finally arrive, the Rock is pretty cool, but the view on the catwalk above the Arch is spectacular, a few hundred feet above Lake Huron.
By the time day was done, we had walked over five miles and enjoyed sitting for 16 minutes on our ride back to the mainland.
Written September 20, 2023
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Lisa L
27 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
It was a long 209 plus step hike up from the road, but well worth it. The view was great! The other access from inland was under construction.
Written September 16, 2023
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Kkbwmn
Ft wayne20 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
This is a beautiful site on the island. Whether you see it from the bike trail or at the top, you will love it. Personally I feel you have to see it from both views to truly appreciate it.
Written September 14, 2023
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JCCFL
Gotha, FL7 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Mackinac Island was an amazing experience. The island is beautiful. There’s so much to see.
Definitely go early to avoid the crowds. Allow a day to see it.
Written August 10, 2023
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Morgan P
Youngstown, OH17 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
This might be cool for someone that has never seen any other type of rock formation. Extremely busy and pretty anticlimactic.
Written August 4, 2023
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Robyn R
Minneapolis, MN22 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
How can you say anything negative about a beautiful view. It is. However, I was not expecting the huge crowd and long line to take a 3 second photo. Then you walk out from a view of the water crammed next to a bunch of other people.
Did we take a picture? Yes. But honestly that’s the only way I’ll have seen the rock because you smile for the camera and are quickly jostled out of the way for the next tourist.
Was it worth it? Sure. Was it the best thing I saw on Mackinac? Not even in the top 10.
Written July 20, 2023
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SD Mom
16 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful and easy to access. No need to be an expert hiker or biker to reach this awesome natural wonder and sight. Carriage tour stops right at it. Short walk to the edge to see it and climb a few steps up a stair case for the view from nearby out to the lake.
Written July 19, 2023
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Joe M
Texarkana, Texas237 contributions
Jun 2023
Great view from above and below. Many people enjoy this place, be prepared to share the view. More people view this from above as they can arrive by carriage and not have to walk or ride a bicycle.
Written July 13, 2023
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