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Historic Mill Creek Accessibility

The historic and natural environments of the Straits of Mackinac sometimes present impediments to accessibility. Blowing sand, natural trails and steep grades can make traveling difficult. Many 18th and 19th century buildings have entrance steps, narrow doorways and other physical barriers. The sites are mainly outside, feature loud noises, various smells, and people in period costumes. 

Continuous effort is made to make all aspects of Mackinac State Historic Parks accessible. Where possible, physical changes have removed barriers. Alternate programs or services provide additional access opportunities and future projects will continue to improve access.

Museum and Park Services

  • Accessible parking spaces are located at the David A. Armour Visitor’s Center at Historic Mill Creek. 
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at the Visitor’s Center on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Motorized scooters are available for loan at the Visitor’s Center. 
  • Guides to Access are available at admission sites. 
  • Captioning is provided for movies at all sites. 
  • Service animals are permitted at all sites and in all buildings.
The numbers correspond to the numbers on the site map. Click here for a PDF of the Historic Mill Creek site map. Click here for a PDF of the Mackinaw City Guide to Access. 


Outdoor surfaces are gravel, grass, sand, and wooden boardwalk.


Difficult Access

Natural conditions make access on these trails difficult for visitors with mobility impairments:

  • Beaver Pond Loop
  • Mill Pond Spur
  • Treetop Discovery Tower (16)
Moderate Access Locations

Access may be limited for some visitors with mobility impairments in these buildings:

  • Mill Pond Loop and Evergreen Loop are hard-packed gravel, but natural slopes and gravel surfaces may be difficult for some visitors. 
  • Some areas of the Sawpit (3) are on grass. Benches for seating may be on uneven ground.
  • Surfaces around the Unexcavated Buildings Sites (10) are covered by grass. 

Alternate Entrances

  • A ramped boardwalk near the David A. Armour Visitor’s Center (1) leads to the west side of the Mill Pond Loop, near the Overlook (11). Another ramped boardwalk (10) past the British Workshop (8) leads to the trail on the east side of the Mill Pond Loop. 
  • The British Workshop (8) has a ramp located on the east side.

Sensory Considerations

There is a schedule of programs available by clicking here, posted at the admissions location, and provided when purchasing a ticket. Below are some things to consider during your visit:
  • General
    • Visiting Historic Mill Creek is a mostly outdoor experience. The weather can change quickly in northern Michigan, ranging from hot to cold, calm to very windy, and dry to humid and rainy.
    • While usually not too bad, a variety of insects may be present while visiting. Large numbers of insects, including mosquitoes and biting flies, may be present at the site, especially on the forest trails.
    • Snacks and drinks can be enjoyed throughout Historic Mill Creek.
    • Some spaces, including the sawmill, may become crowded.
    • The floor and structure of the sawmill may vibrate during demonstrations.
  • Sights
    • Museum staff wearing historical clothing are stationed throughout the site.
    • Some exhibit spaces are purposefully kept dark. Others are brightly lit.
    • The sawmill features multiple large, moving parts when operated for demonstrations.
  • Sounds
    • Museum staff will loudly announce the beginning of all programs. They may also ring a metal triangle.
    • Demonstrations at the sawpit include the sounds of saws and axes in use.
    • The sawmill produces loud, repetitive sounds when operated for demonstrations.
    • Water rushing over the mill dam or flowing down the creek may be loud.
    • Traffic noises from the highway can be heard throughout the site.
  • Smells
    • Some buildings may smell musty.
    • Demonstrations in the sawmill and at the sawpit may produce the smell of freshly-cut wood.  

Program Bulletins

Click below for a PDF program bulletin:

Social Story Guide

Click here for a PDF social story for a visit to Historic Mill Creek.

All Accessibility at Mackinac State Historic Parks

Click here for access concerns at all Mackinac State Historic Parks sites.