The trails at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park allow for even the novice hiker to get out and enjoy.
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park offers more than three miles of groomed hiking trails that allows you to truly explore the beauty of northern Michigan. The youngest visitors to Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park will have a blast on the Forest Friends Play Area, featuring the Chickadee Zip Line, the Water Power Station, and at the Sounds of the Forest interactive.
Over on Mackinac Island, explore more than 70 miles of trails and roads covering Mackinac Island State Park. Completely closed to cars and other vehicles, visitors are able to travel around the state park on foot, bike, carriage or horseback. Paved roads connect primary points of interest and M-185 circles the island’s shoreline. Interior paths and trails lead you along the bluffs, through cedar forests, to unique geological features, such as Arch Rock and Sugarloaf Rock, and historical sites such as Fort Holmes and British Landing.
The view from Fort Mackinac – something that has to be seen in person to truly appreciate.
Mackinac was made for sightseeing. Stunning vistas, natural wonders and architectural treasures are at the very heart of what Mackinac is all about. You will walk in the footsteps of the past as you explore the natural world and history of the Straits of Mackinac.
The view from Fort Mackinac is, in a word, breathtaking. From the front of the fort you can see the majestic Straits of Mackinac in front of you, with views of the Mackinac Bridge, downtown Mackinac Island, Grand Hotel, Round Island and Round Island Lighthouse, Bois Blanc Island, the lower peninsula, and more.
Encompassing over 1,770 acres on Mackinac Island, Mackinac Island State Park is open to the public year ’round. Stop by British Landing and gaze at the beautiful Mackinac Bridge; snap a selfie at Arch Rock with some of the bluest water you’ll see as your backdrop; feel like you’re on top of the world at Fort Holmes; or stop on a lush trail and take in the absolute quiet.
At Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park visit the Forest Clearing, an area set aside for natural history programs in a forest setting. Take some time to climb to the top of the five-story Treetop Discovery Tower to experience a view of the Straits of Mackinac, Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, and other sites, that you won’t soon forget.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is the best spots to gaze at and photograph the mighty Mackinac Bridge. It’s also a great place to watch the Great Lakes freighters cross under the bridge.
Cannon firing at dusk at Colonial Michilimackinac.
Colonial Michilimackinac provides stunning vistas of the Straits and allows you to view the Mackinac Bridge from a new angle – with a cannon going off in front of it! The stroll through the two-acre palisaded community also provide many unique and memorable sights.