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Mackinac Island State Park

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Address: Mackinac Island, MI
Phone Number: 231-436-4100

This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high...

This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high limestone bluffs, beautiful vistas of sparkling water, vibrant forests, and mystical geological formations. With automobiles banned since 1898, here exists a quieter way of life away from interstate noise of cities. Over 80 percent of Mackinac Island is within Mackinac Island State Park—free of charge and open year round—where you’ll discover the true natural gems of Mackinac. Whether visiting this island parkland by foot, bike, horseback, or carriage, these many majestic geological wonders and unique historical monuments are visual treasures found only here—on the island sacred to the Ojibwa and Odawa Great Lakes Indian tribes. According to them, this is where life began. You’re invited to discover why.

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"Beautiful place to visit"

Such a lovely place to visit. We took Shepler's Ferry over. Weather was warm but not hot. We only stayed a few hours but we were not able to cover the whole Island (just around... read more

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Joanne H
Windsor, North Carolina
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Windsor, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a lovely place to visit. We took Shepler's Ferry over. Weather was warm but not hot. We only stayed a few hours but we were not able to cover the whole Island (just around Main Street). They were so many bikes if you like that kind of thing. The restaurants were great but very busy as we were there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We rented bikes and biked the perimeter of the island. I think it was around 7-8 miles. Was a lot of fun. Great views. Nice rocky beaches to stop and take photos. The kids want to do it again tomorrow!

Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

More than half of Mackinac Island is preserved as a State Park. Hilly terrain and heavily wooded. Favorite aspect is the bike path around the island on M-185. Mostly flat, well-maintained with plenty of beautiful lake scenery. If you travel to the interior of the island expect some steep grades. Beautiful and calming.

Thank Larry R
Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a delightful place. We hired cycles & did the 8 miles perimeter trail. It's so easy as there isn't any traffic, & that's coming from a 79 & 72 year old! The climb to Arch Rock was a different matter, that made us puff a bit & we had to take 'scenery breaks' - lean on the barrier while... More 

Thank Dabblings
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a good time touring around the island on our bikes. I would recommend taking your own bike if you have one as rentals seem a bit pricey. Wonderful scenery and a pretty easy tour for riders of any level, at least around the outside of the island. Plenty of places to stop and sight-see, as well as water and... More 

Thank Cameron R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

By choosing to bike the perimeter of the island we rode into (and back out of) the park. The bike paths are paved and in excellent condition. Mostly flat too, which makes for a pleasant ride (or walk if you prefer). We didn't hike any of the trails but we did walk up the 207 steps to Arch Rock (see... More 

Thank Tif J
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We thought we would spend a few hours but spent the entire day. We enjoyed checking out the shops on the street and frankly really enjoyed the boat trip over. We opted to walk to the arch and then up the hill to the fort. We had a wonderful time and a beautiful walk which included the stables and the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The main street of Mackinac Island is super touristy and filled with fudge shops. Once you get out of the main street area the island is much nicer. We rented bikes and rode around the island. It is paved and flat. Nice easy ride and the water along the coast is very clear and a pretty green color. I highly... More 

Thank BiggerPassportPlease
Drummond Island, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hadn't been there in years and made the mistake of choosing a day when the Chicago to Mackinac Regatta was going on. Too crowded to really enjoy, but the island is beautiful and the boat trip over is a nice way to travel. We chose Arnold Lines ferry because it's cheaper than the other two ferry lines and it was... More 

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Hickory Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been to Mackinac Island twice and loved it each time. It is amazing that a place where no cars are to be seen, still exists. Great island with horses all around and great hotels and restaurants. Our kids ages 3 and 6 loved it since they got to use a bicycle everywhere we went.

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