Have an Adventure. 

This is Mackinac. 

Witness the power of the creek harnessed to cut timber into lumber at one of the oldest industrial sites on the Upper Great Lakes. Smell the sawdust as sawyers demonstrate the pit saw method of cutting lumber, then feel the power of the creek used to cut timber inside the reconstructed sawmill. 

Experience the Adventure Tour, a guided experience that takes you into, above and through the northern Michigan forest. Scale the five-story Treetop Discovery Tower, taking in bird calls along the way. Brave the Forest Canopy Bridge, high above Mill Creek that explores the under story of the forest. Finally, fly like an eagle down the 425′ Eagle’s Flight Zip Line while spotting fish in the creek. 

Join trained naturalists for guided hikes of the northern forest, and then take time to explore the natural beauty of Mill Creek State Park, which has more than three miles of groomed hiking trails. 

Highlights

Live Programs and Tours

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Historical demonstrations by costumed interpreters and nature programs are conducted throughout the day. Exciting programs for the 2021 season include Mill Creek at Work: Sawpit and Sawmill Demonstrations, a Creatures of the Forest program, a Beyond the Sawmill program, and guided walking tours. Click on any schedule below to see what will be happening during your visit.

June 5 – September 5, 2021
September 6 – September 26, 2021

Adventure Tour

The Adventure Tour is a high-flying adventure through the treetops and above Mill Creek. The Adventure Tour consists of the Forest Canopy Bridge, the Eagles’ Flight Zip Line, and the Treetop Discovery Tower. Tours take place on the top of the hour, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The last tour takes place one hour prior to site closing. *PLEASE NOTE* Due to staffing restrictions caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic, the climbing wall at the Treetop Discovery Tower will not be available for the 2021 season. The viewing platform at the top will remain available.

Adventure Tour Rules. 

Covid-19 Regulations (scroll down to Adventure Tour section).

Exhibits

The Visitor’s Center and Millwright’s House have exhibits on the history of the site featuring archaeological artifacts.

Movie

A fifteen-minute program, The Power of Water: The Mill Creek Story, is presented in the theater in the Visitor’s Center. It repeats every 15 minutes.

Hands-on Fun

Kids and adults will enjoy the outdoor Water Power Station, the Forest Friends Play Area, the Sounds of the Forest nature area, and the view from the top of the Treetop Discovery Tower.

Nature Trails

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is situated on over 600 acres with three miles of trails that contain beautiful forests, wildflowers and scenic views. A variety of wildlife species make their homes here. Even the novice hiker will find adventure in the northern forest.

Watch the video below to see Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park in action!