Castle Rock
Castle Rock
4.5
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
See what travelers are saying
  • Wendi D
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So worth it!!
    You can get a nice picture from the parking lot, but it's so worth it to pay $1 to walk to the top! We were concerned about 171 steps, but there are benches and it wasn't bad at all! View from the top is worth it! Very nice gift shop with restrooms! They also sell bags of ice for $2. Staff very friendly! We're old, 71 and 62 and it only took about 45 minutes round trip and that includes staying on top and enjoying for a while!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2023
  • pinaynurse
    Illinois322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    360 view on top of the Rock
    The stairs are a bit high but even my toddler can climb it. Once on top of the Rock, you will have the 360 view, lush greens, infront you will see Mackinac Island. I feel safe on top considering I have fear of heights but I still keep my kid close ofcourse. Entrance fee is cheap. Love the selection of souvenir items in their shop. Will definitely recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Fran4747
    236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun stop
    We had perfect weather, so the views from the top were lovely. It’s a very short walk. Even though there are a lot of steps, my husband who has knee and hip issues made it up, with several rest stops. A fun stop on your way through the UP! Nice gift shop, too!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • RunningGirl14
    Missouri167 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of stairs
    I am afraid of heights, but made it up all the stairs. My husband walked up the rest of the way on top of Castle Rock. The views are nice, but if you have a problem with stairs, beware as it is a lot of stairs. The ladies were very nice in the gift shop. They only charge a dollar to go up to Castle rock.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • SteveSly
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Stop Right Off The Highway
    If you are driving north or south through St. Ignace, Castle Rock is literally right off the highway and well worth a stop. The admission price is low, and the view from the top of the rock is spectacular. There are around 200 steps to the top, so you need to be able to climb stairs, but if you are driving through St. Ignace this is an easy, fun stop.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • suespagnuolo
    Lansing, Michigan2,158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a stop.
    We had a great time climbing the 250 stairs to the top. Wow, what a beautiful view of the fall colors. Very nice gift shop with friendly employees. And it's only 1.00! I mean, seriously, you can't find anything this fun for only a dollar. I highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles659 reviews
Excellent
325
Very good
217
Average
95
Poor
13
Terrible
9

NomadicFamilyLife
Lubbock, TX160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This was definitely worth the $1 fee to climb to the top. The views were great! The Paul Bunyan & Babe statues have become a roadside tradition for our family as we've seen a few in our travels. Of course, we bought our traditional postcards and a couple of other items from the gift shop. Our kids also added a pressed penny to their collection.
Written September 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kurt B
Canton55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The perfect slice of Americana cheese. Only $1 is all it costs to drag your out of shape after 4 months of pandemic body up the stairs to a beautiful view of the surrounding area. And don’t forget to take your picture with a masked Paul Bunyan. Your calves will forgive you in a few days, but you won’t forgive yourself if you pass this by.
Written July 29, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Erica
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Admission is only $1! For that price you can't go wrong if you're looking for something quick and interesting. The Paul Bunyan statue makes a cute picture. Then you make a climb up a LOT of stairs, but the view makes it worth it. The view from the top is panoramic and you can see for mules. Very interesting viewpoint. The gift shop at the bottom is also the best I've seen with a very wide and unique selection of things all fairly priced. Honestly going for the gift shop alone wouldn't be a bad idea.
Written July 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hernando E
Vienna, WV185 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The road to get there from town is a little confusing (you have to cross an Interstate exit ramp)
From the outside, it appears to be the stereotypical tourist trap
The fee to climb the stairs to the top is $1...well worth it.
The climb is strenuous...I don't believe it is ADA accessible (but I could be wrong about that).
The view from the top is well worth the climb...Lake Huron in one direction, and a big forest in the other.
Overall a worthwhile experience
Written September 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Arlene P
Grand Rapids, MI47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This was my 2nd time visiting. I still enjoyed it. It needs to be upkept better- the rails are getting old. Still breath-taking view from the top. It would be nice to give a little history of the making of the bridge to stand on the outer part or a little info about it. Right now you just go, walk up it, look out at the beautiful view and go back down and buy things in the gift shop. The shop does have some very unique gifts and their prices are actually reasonable.
Written August 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GeocachingTraveler
Michigan28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We climbed all the steps up to the top just for that beautiful view. It's a well spent dollar-cheaper than joining your local ymca. Another must stop on a trip up north. Kids are getting old enough to beat the parents as we now need to utilize the resting spots to sit and catch our breath,
Written May 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DMM
Saint Clair Shores, MI14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Castle rock in saint Ignace, Michigan just across the bridge heading north is well worth the 1.00 it cost to hit the top. My first time at castle rock not knowing there are 207 steps, yes you read that right 207 steps to the top. Well worth the climb,indeed. You can see the mighty Mac from atop castle rock. Don’t worry benches are placed along the way to stop and rest which I had to do twice. Not a bad way to spend a buck. The view is pure Michigan
Written October 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jana R
95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
As we were trekking up to the top, my husband jokingly asked someone on the way down if the view was worth the climb. He shrugged and said “not really.” He was right. But for such a nominal entrance fee ($1), it’s not like they are making money hand over fist for a disappointing attraction. The people in the gif shop could not have been nicer.
Written August 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robi0376
Minneapolis, MN41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
It was fun, but if you've done other things in the UP, this may not be as breath taking as if you haven't already done several... You walk through a gift shop, spend $1 pp and walk up about 200 steps (or so). It's quick and easy and a nice view. We had already done several that were better, so this was just another tall tower, but you had to look across the road vs just pure water. If you're there, it's worth doing.
Also, if you need some Michigan souvenirs, this gift shop is among the most economical we found!
Written July 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JediKnights1
Lansing, MI347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
I went here when I was a child and brought my son 30 years later. It’s a must stop for the UP, but the climb is not for the unfit. The stairs are steep and it’s a long climb. There were some heavier people on the stairs who were having a hard time, but the kids will love it. The gift shop has some hilarious T-shirts.
Written June 21, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 657
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Castle Rock - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Saint Ignace HotelsSaint Ignace Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Saint Ignace
All things to do in Saint Ignace
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars