Mackinac Island State Park Roads and Trails

Easily accessible roads and trails adjacent to downtown include strolls down the West and East Bluffs, Huron Road and Arch Rock Road. Various loops off these routes will take you to numerous other sights and monuments.

Lake Shore Boulevard, State Highway M-185, wraps 8.2 miles around the entire island. It is fairly level, with only a few hills. A runner can make it in 45 minutes, but walking can take 1.5 to 3 hours including stops to take in the many sights.

Interior routes on the island will always involve some hill climbing. But once you go up, you always come down! Garrison and British Landing Road cut down the center of the island from Fort Mackinac to British Landing.

Fort Holmes Road will take you to the very top of the turtle’s back.

Interpretive panels provide information at most of the island’s historic and natural monuments. In addition there are three interpreted nature trail loops:

  • British Landing Nature Trail
  • Brown’s Brook on the west off M-185
  • Lake Shore Nature Trail on the east off M-185

The Historic Mackinac Island Visitor’s Guide, available at the Park Visitor’s Center and most ferry lines, provides seven themed tours that cover the entire state park. It sells for just $2.

Click here to download a printable version of the Mackinac Island Map