Arch Rock, Mackinac Island

4.7
#1 of 157 in Nature in Michigan
Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
A natural limestone arch in Mackinac Island State Park, Arch Rock stands 45 m (146 ft) above Lake Huron. The arch, which was created after the end of the Wisconsin glacial episode, forms a perfect window through which to view the lake. Because the sediment forming the arch is not ideal for creating natural bridges, this particular arch is uncommon in the region. Native Americans saw the arch as a place of divine power and based many stories and legends around it. To get here, you can walk or bike the trails, or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Add Arch Rock and other attractions to your Mackinac Island trip itinerary using our Mackinac Island tour planning website.
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  • This is a real gem. We rented bikes to ride perimeter of the island. 207 steps, but several flat areas to break up the climb. Very doable for many fitness levels. The arch has a great view of...  more »
  • Definitely a must see on any trip to the Island. Easy hike up to the Rock. We also rode bikes and saw it from below as well.  more »
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  • The view is just amazing! The first time I saw photos of the arch rock online I was pretty sure they were edited. The photos I'm uploading are not edited and the water is as blue as on the other pictures. There are many spots for beautiful photos and the beach downstairs is also very nice! If you do a self guided tour with the bicycle, you should definitely stop here.
  • This is an absolutely must see view! The water color is gorgeous and well worth the 207 steps. I'm not a fan of the climb and personally hate the stairs, but this view makes it all worth it. You can take a carriage ride there and I would definitely recommend that option for those with mobility limitations. Just gorgeous!!!

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