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 engaging programs showcasing the North Woods, and then 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 2022 season on May 6. 

Highlights

Live Programs and Tours

Historical demonstrations by costumed interpreters showcase the sawpit method of cutting lumber and then moves into the reconstructed sawmill to show how the power of water was harnessed to improve the process. Brand new for 2022: roll up your sleeves and take part in life beyond the sawmill with engaging “Farming at Mill Creek” programs. Additionally, throughout the day, “Nature of the North Woods” programs will take place. These programs will vary and may include a guided nature walk, stories, and fun activities focused on plants and animals living at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park!

Click here to find out what’s happening during your visit to Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park!

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 run every half hour during the operating season. Tickets can only be purchased upon arrival at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, and general admission is required. Some restrictions apply. Learn all about the Adventure Tour by clicking here. 

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 the 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 Forest Friends Play Area with the Chickadee Zip Line and making birds sing on the Evergreen Trail’s Sounds of the Forest station. Live programs offer fun for all ages and the view from the top of the Treetop Discovery Tower is not to be missed!

Nature Trails

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park features three miles of trails on 625 acres. Abundant wildflowers, amazing fungi, and scenic views change with every season. North Woods wildlife, including 130 bird species, a beaver colony, black bear, and bobcat have been seen here. Learn more from a naturalist during one of our “Nature of the North Woods” programs.

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