Mackinac State Historic Park is committed to providing outstanding customer service to all visitors to our sites, parks and museums. We offer a variety of services to ensure the best possible accessibility to our facilities in recognition of the diversity of our general public's abilities and needs. To arrange for assistance, call (231) 436-4100, or speak to a guest service representative upon arrival.
Guide to Access
Read the guide to access brochure for extensive accessibility information.
The guide to access lists all of our services for visitors with disabilities and indicates the level of physical access at each site. Buildings and programs that are designated as having moderate or difficult access also include information about the barrier (i.e., number of steps, width of doorway). The guide also includes information about alternate entrances and programs.
Outdoor surfaces are gravel, sand and grass.
The facilities within Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park are considered to be accessible, to have moderate access, or to have difficult access.
- Accessible - Most visitors will find these areas fully accessible. The following are considered fully accessible: Visitor's Center which includes the museum store and audiovisual program, restrooms and picnic shelter, Millwright's House, Mill Dam and Bridge, Water-Powered Sawmill, site of Robert Campbell House, British Workshop, Sawpit Demonstration Area, ramps to trails, scenic overlook, Forest clearing area for the Creatures of the Forest nature program, Forest Friends Play Area, and Water Power Station.
- Moderate Access - Visitors with mobility impairments may have difficulty accessing these areas. The following are considered moderate access: Outdoor picnic area, unexcavated building sites, and west side trails. A ramped boardwalk near the Visitor's Center leads to the west side of Loop 2, near the scenic overlook. The east and west side of Loop 1 (Mill Pond Trail) and Loop 2 (Evergreen Trail) have been improved but natural slopes and gravel surfaces may be difficult for some visitors. The outdoor picnic area is covered by grass. Surfaces around the unexcavated building sites are covered by grass.
- Difficult Access - Significant barriers create difficult access for visitors with mobility impairments. The following are considered difficult access: Treetop Discovery Tower, east side trails, and the Adventure Tour, which includes the Eagle's Flight Zip Line, Forest Canopy Bridge, and Nature Trail Climbing Wall. Another ramped boardwalk near the sawpit area leads to the trail on the east side of loop 1. A ramp is located on the east side of the British Workshop. The east side trails are being improved to make them accessible and safer. Portions of the trails may be inaccessible due to construction. Please note detour signs or consult the Visitor's Center for construction updates. Natural conditions make access on the Loop 3 (Beaver Pond) and Aspen-Wildlife Forest Trail difficult for visitors with mobility impairments. A separate ticket is required for the Adventure Tour. It is not included in general park admission.
- Visitor's Center to program areas - 500 feet
- Mill Pont Trail (Loop 1) - 1/4 mile
- Evergreen Trail (Loop 2) - 3/4 mile
- Beaver Pond Trail (Loop 3) - 1-1/2 miles
- Aspen-Wildlife Forest Trail - 1/2 mile
- Sugar Shack Forest Trail - 1/2 mile
See trail map
Several wheelchairs are available for loan in the David A. Armour Visitor's Center at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Visitors
All audiovisual programs contain captioning.
Mackinac State Historic Parks gives a 25 percent discount to visitors with disabilities who may not be able to enjoy all of our programs and exhibits. The Adventure Tour is not part of the general admission ticket. This requires a separate ticket.