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. On the Adventure Tour, explore the treetops on the Forest Canopy Bridge, soar like an eagle on the 425′ Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, and experience the layers of the forest on the five-story Treetop Discovery Tower. 

Afterward, take time to explore the natural beauty of Mill Creek State Park, which has more than three miles of groomed hiking trails. 

The Covid-19 pandemic will likely delay the opening of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park for the 2020 season. It will be opened as soon as possible.

New dates will be announced here as soon as they are known. Thank you.


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 2020 season include Mill Creek at Work: Sawpit and Sawmill Demonstrations, Creatures of the Forest at the Forest Clearing, and Beyond the Sawmill, a guided walking tour. Click any link below for daily events.

May 8 – June 5, 2020
June 6 – September 6, 2020
September 7 – September 27, 2020

Adventure Tour

Trek though the treetops on the Adventure Tour! This special, guided nature experience takes visitors over the Forest Canopy Bridge, down the 425-foot Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, and up the five-story Treetop Discovery Climbing Wall. A separate ticket and signed waiver are required. Participants must meet Adventure Tour Guidelines.


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


A fifteen-minute program, Historic Mill Creek, is presented in the theater in the Visitor’s Center. It repeats every 20 minutes.

Hands-on Fun

Kids and adults will enjoy the outdoor Water Power Station, the Forest Friends Play 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!