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 RoomSalle 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 forest, 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 BluffLake 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


West Bluff - Mackinac Island West Bluff

Mission Point Lawn Mission Point Lawn


East Bluff - Mackinac Island East Bluff

Highway 1 at the Boardwalk Highway M185 at the Boardwalk

Horse Stables

West Bluff Road - Mackinac Island West Bluff Road

The Annex - Mackinac Island The Annex


Mackinac Island Airport Mackinac Island Airport

Sunset RockLooking North - Sunset RockLooking North

Looking South - Sunset Rock, Mackinac Island Looking South

Crack in the IslandCrack in the Island - Mackinac Island Jumping the Crack in the Island

Cave of the WoodsCave of the Woods - Mackinac Island Fallen Tree at the Cave of the Woods

Sugar LoafSugar Loaf Rock - Mackinac Island

Fort HolmesFort Holmes - Mackinac Island

Anne’s TabletAnne's Tablet - Mackinac Island

Eagle Point Cave

Friendship AltarFriendship Altar - Mackinac Island

CemeterySt. Anne's Cemetery - Mackinac Island St. Anne’s Cemetery

Skull CaveSkull 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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