Fort Holmes, Mackinac Island

#3 of 7 in Historic Sites in Mackinac Island
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Sitting atop the highest ridge on the island, Fort Holmes represents the reconstruction of an early 19th-century wood and earthen fort and one of few War of 1812 historic sites in Michigan. Notice the loopholes on the hewn log structure once used for musket and cannon fire. The hike up hill takes a bit of effort, but the scenic vistas of the Straits of Mackinac make it well worth. Before you head to Mackinac Island, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning website, to make sure you see all that Mackinac Island has to offer, including Fort Holmes.
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  • We took the steps up and were alone at the top. Nicely reconstructed facility and is the highest point on the island. Was worth the effort to get to it.  more »
  • We rode bikes to the 142-step staircase through the woods to the top. Great views in different directions - could use some tree-trimmng in a couple areas to enhance the view. The fort closes at 4:00....  more »
  • Small Historical landmark on the highest point of Mackinac Island. It's just a reconstruct of an old fort, I did not get much from internal fort design. But magnificent views from there. Seriously, it offers the best view on the island. It was a good hike up to the Fort Holmes.
  • Unique fort. And the location of this fort is supposedly the highest point of the island (at least that's what I was told). Pretty nice views from this place. But ironically, at around 3 PM on a Saturday afternoon, I was the only person in and around the fort. I would definitely recommend this place, just for the views and for the fact that it is the highest point on the island and the history behind the fort.

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