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. 

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park will open for the 2019 season on May 3. Tickets can be purchased here.


Live Programs and Tours

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Historical demonstrations by costumed interpreters and nature programs are conducted throughout the day. Click here to learn more about the daily events and activities at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

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!

2019 Hours of Operation

May 3 – June 7
9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m. 

June 8 – September 1
9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Last Admission 5:00 p.m. 

September 2 – September 22
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m. all days

2019 Admission Rates

Adult $9.50 – Online $9.00
Child (Age 5-12) $6.50 – Online $6.25
Adventure Tour  – an additional $9.50 per person
Click here for more information and to save on combination tickets and season passes.

Travel Information

Historic Mill Creek is located 3.5 miles east of Mackinaw City on US Highway 23 towards Cheboygan.
Street Address
9001 W. US Hwy 23 Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Travel Directions
Click here to map your route to Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and for general travel information on your visit to the Straits of Mackinac.

Visitor Services

Refreshments and Picnic Area 
Snacks and beverages are sold in the Visitor’s Center. Picnic grounds and a Picnic Shelter are located on site.

The Museum Store in the Visitor’s Center offers a wide range of books, souvenirs and specialty gift items.

Accessible restrooms are located adjacent to the Visitor’s Center. Toilets are located at two locations along the trails.

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park warmly welcomes guests with special needs. Learn more about how guests with limited mobility or other special needs can fully enjoy their visit. Click here for complete information about accessibility.

Visitation Tips & Courtesies

Getting Around
Please keep in mind that Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is very much an outdoor experience so prepare accordingly for various weather conditions. We recommend walking shoes and comfortable clothing. Please be sure to collect a Map & Schedule at the entrance. Please consult the Adventure Tour Guidelines for special requirements for this feature.

Touring Time
There is a lot to see and do at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. We recommend that you plan to spend a minimum of one to two hours touring the site.

Pet Friendly
Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome. Water bowls are located near the Visitor’s Center.

Photography is permitted and encouraged in all areas. Professional or group photography must be approved in advance.

Electronic Devices
Please silence electronic devices during audiovisual presentations and live demonstrations.

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is a smoke-free site.