Michigan’s first state park. 

This is Mackinac.

Mackinac Island State Park was established in 1895. For twenty years before that it had been Mackinac National Park, the United States’ second national park. Today, over eighty percent of Mackinac Island is State Park property, and most of this park land remains in its natural condition to be enjoyed.

mackinac-island-state-park-map-with-mile-markers-01A great variety of historic and natural resources provides something of interest for every Mackinac Island visitor. Historic landmarks, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rock formations, quiet forests and inspiring nature trails are just minutes away. The sites are accessible by foot or bike, rented horse or buggy, sightseeing carriages or horse-drawn taxi.


Natural Wonders

Ancient seas, Ice Age glaciers, and 10,000 years of rising and falling lake levels formed Mackinac Island. In recent centuries the climate, erosion, and human activity have shaped the island.  Click here for a summary of the natural wonders of Mackinac Island State Park.

Historic Sites and Monuments

The park is filled with historic attractions. Fort Mackinac and the Historic Downtown sites are the most prominent, but there are many points of interest and monuments throughout the park. Click here for a summary of the Historic Sites and Monuments of Mackinac Island State Park.

Roads and Trails

Mackinac Island State Park contains 70.5 miles of signed and interpreted roads and trails. Some are paved, some are not. Some are shared by horses, bikes and walkers; others are best for hiking only. There are also over 50 interpretive panels throughout the park that describe the natural wonders and historic locations. Click here for a summary of the park’s trail system.

Native American Cultural History Trail

The Native American Cultural History Trail features six individual panels discussing the history and impact of Native Americans on the Great Lakes and is located along M-185, the road that encircles Mackinac Island.



Mackinac Island Botanical Trail

Weaving along the Arch Rock Bicycle Trail, the Mackinac Island Botanical Trail features seven turnouts with plantings and interpretive signs about the floral life on Mackinac Island. Benches are also scattered along the trail to allow visitors to sit and reflect on the natural beauty around them.

Travel Information

Mackinac Island, part of Mackinac County, is located in the Straits of Mackinac. Private ferry companies provide service to the island. The island boat docks adjoin Main Street, a bustling business district filled with hotels, restaurants, souvenir stores and fudge shops. The Park Commission maintains the Mackinac Island Airport.

Street Addresses

Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center: 7165 Main St.

Administrative Office: 7029 Huron Rd.

Park Field Office and Maintenance Complex: 1856 Fort Service Rd.

Mackinac Island State Park Airport: 7700 Annex Rd.

Arch Rock: 6131 Arch Rock Rd.

British Landing: 3596 M-185

Travel Directions

Click here to map your route to Mackinac Island State Park and for general travel information on your visit to Mackinac Island.

Visitor Services

Visitor’s Center

The Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center is located on the shore at the foot of Fort Street across from Marquette Park. The Visitor’s Center is a great place to begin your tour of the island. Here you can talk to friendly staff who will answer your questions and provide you with helpful suggestions. The Visitor’s Center has well-maintained restrooms and a wide selection of Mackinac books and pamphlets. This is an ideal place to purchase tickets for Fort Mackinac, the Mackinac Art Museum, and the other state park historic buildings. Restrooms can also be found at the Visitor’s Center.

2020 Visitor’s Center Hours

June 19 – September 6
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
September 7 – October 11
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2020 Visitor’s Center Restroom Hours

June 19 – September 6
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
September 7 – October 25
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

British Landing Nature Center

British Landing Bike Repair Station

The British Landing Nature Center is located across from British Landing. The center includes information on the geology, plants, habitats and wildlife found on the island. Additionally, a large cedar tree trunk has been placed in the middle of the nature center and has various taxidermy animals on it with descriptions. Restrooms and a water fountain are also located at this facility. Additionally, a bike repair station is also located at the British Landing Nature Center, which includes a rack for your bike, repair tools, and an air pump.

2020 British Landing Nature Center Hours

June 19 – August 22
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

British Landing Nature Programs

Schedule announced soon. 

2020 British Landing Nature Center Restroom Hours

June 19 – October 25
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Arch Rock Rest Area

A restroom building, water fountain, picnic area and park information can be found at Arch Rock.

2020 Arch Rock Rest Area Hours

June 19 – October 25
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Huron Road Rest Area

A restroom building, pavilion and picnic area can be found at the Huron Road Rest Area. Located next to Fort Mackinac off Huron Road. This space can also be rented for events. More information coming soon.

2020 Huron Road Rest Area Hours

June 19 – October 25
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Station 256 Conference Room 

Located on the second floor of the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center, formerly the 1915 Coast Guard Station. Click here for more information. 


Island transport services and visitor attractions make special efforts to welcome people with disabilities and those using assistive devices. Motorized wheelchair units that are medically necessary are permitted on island streets. These units are available for rent on the island at Ryba’s Bikes (rybabikes.com or 906-847-3208).

The taxi service has special horse-drawn vehicles equipped for wheelchairs and available by contacting the dispatch office (906-847-3323). Advanced reservation is recommended. For additional information about accommodations for visitors with disabilities please contact individual businesses or the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.  Click here for further information about accessibility.

Visitation Tips & Courtesies

Getting Around

Please keep in mind that Mackinac Island State Park is an outdoor experience so prepare accordingly for various weather conditions. Automobiles were banned on Mackinac Island in 1898. The absence of cars has created a unique, charming and historic ambiance. But, how do you get around?

Most visitors travel by foot power, either walking or pedalling. Many of the prominent sites are less than a mile from the Visitor’s Center. Other popular sights are for more adventurous hikers. Even though there are no cars to contend with, walkers need to be cautious, watching out for horses and bikes, using sidewalks and foot paths where they are available.

Aside from walking, visitor transportation is via horse or bicycle. Mackinac Island is a bicyclist’s paradise, especially the road around the island. Eight miles in circumference, Lake Shore Boulevard (M-185) is the only state highway where cars are banned! Another great way to see the island is by horsepower. Horse-drawn carriage tours of the island’s scenic and historic sites are very popular. Click here for further information on biking and horse transportation. 

While the park includes over 80% of the island’s land, park boundaries meander irregularly, particularly near the downtown area and the west end. Non-park areas are under the jurisdiction of the City of Mackinac Island. Visitors should be respectful of private property, leaseholds and city regulations.

Road Safety

Remember that with hundreds of horses and more than 2,500 bicycles sharing the road, following traffic rules is a necessity. When walking, always use sidewalks, foot paths and crosswalks where provided. Cyclists ride to the right, yield to horses and pedestrians, park only in designated areas and observe all traffic safety signs.

Pet Friendly

Well-behaved pets are welcome in Mackinac Island State Park. Please clean up after your pet.

Prohibited Activities

It is unlawful to do the following in Mackinac Island State Park:

  • Camp
  • Hunt
  • Build Fires
  • Use land for commercial operations without proper permission
  • Use a loudspeaker or public address system without proper permission
  • Hold or participate in a road race without proper permission
  • Engage in any disorderly conduct
  • Possess or consume alcoholic beverages in Marquette Park between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Conduct excavations, diggings, or surveys without proper permission
  • Carry or possess a metal detector without proper permission

See Mackinac Island State Park Commission General Rules for a full description of all park regulations.