Mackinac Island’s Best Kept Secrets

While most people are going straight to the major highlights of the island, like Arch Rock and Grand Hotel; there’s an entire other side of the island to explore.

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island

Salle Manger - Grand Hotel Main Dining Room

Salle Manger – Grand Hotel Main Dining Room

As soon as you arrive to Mackinac Island, a map will be your best friend. They’re easy to find at the Visitors Center, Tourism Bureau, your hotel front desk/concierge, stores and restaurants. Unless you’ve lived on the island your whole life, you’re going to be lost without a map. I highly recommend getting one before you head out.

Much of the land is preserved as part of a huge state park that encompasses over half of Mackinac Island. A good mix of forrest, trails, and incredible views of Lake Huron, peaking and glistening through the trees. And the water is as beautiful blue as the Caribbean!

Lake Huron - Tranquil Bluff

Lake Huron – Tranquil Bluff

You should definitely get out and discover the shear beauty that lies just outside of Mackinac Island’s Main Street. There are no cars so you’ll need a bike or some good walking shoes! Go see the…

Hiking trails

Partridge Trail - Mackinac Island

Partridge Trail – Mackinac Island

Stairway to Fort Holmes

Stairway to Fort Holmes

Horseback riding trails

Coffee Trail - Mackinac Island

Coffee Trail – Mackinac Island

Gardens

West Bluff - Mackinac Island

West Bluff

Mission Point Lawn

Mission Point Lawn

Mansions

East Bluff - Mackinac Island

East Bluff

Highway 1 at the Boardwalk

Highway 1 at the Boardwalk

Horse stables

West Bluff Road - Mackinac Island

West Bluff Road

The Annex - Mackinac Island

The Annex

Airport

Mackinac Island Airport

Mackinac Island Airport

Sunset Rock

Looking North - Sunset Rock

Looking North

Looking South - Sunset Rock, Mackinac Island

Looking South

Crack in the Island

Crack in the Island - Mackinac Island

Jumping the Crack in the Island

Cave of the Woods

Cave of the Woods - Mackinac Island

Fallen Tree at the Cave of the Woods

Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf Rock - Mackinac Island

Fort Holmes

Fort Holmes - Mackinac Island

Anne’s Tablet

Anne's Tablet - Mackinac Island

Eagle Point Cave

Friendship Altar

Friendship Altar - Mackinac Island

Cemetery

St. Anne's Cemetery - Mackinac Island

St. Anne’s Cemetery

Skull Cave

Skull Cave - Mackinac Island

There are great adventures to be had. Secret spots, that aren’t really secrets at all. And an added bonus, venturing off into untouched territory is as close as you’ll get to having the island all to yourself!

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4 thoughts on “Mackinac Island’s Best Kept Secrets

  1. Monica says:

    I love this! Most blogs about Mackinac Island only cover and show the main tourist attractions. You covered those but so much more which is great because there is so much more to the island. Your photos are great! I love the island so much and I felt like this – finally someone else really gets it. My husband and I were there this past mother’s day weekend. It was a perfect weekend and we packed in a lot. Two nights is never enough.

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