Mackinac Island State Park

Useful Information

Location: Mackinac Island, between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Passenger ferries from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, by plane to Mackinac Island Airport.
Open: All year.
Classification: Caves, natural bridges, shelters.
Light: n/a
Guided tours:
Address: Mackinac Island State Park, Tel: +1-231-436-4100, Fax: +1-231-436-4210 E-mail: contact
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1875 Mackinac National Park becomes America's second national park.
1895 Mackinac Island State Park becomes Michigan's first state park.


Mackinac Island is a sort of turn-of-the century time capsule, with Victorian cottages and costumed guides. Automobiles are banned and all sight must be visited by foot. There are numerous small caves which are of little speleological interest, like Skull Cave, Crack in the Island, Cave of the Woods, Fairy Kitchen, or Devils Kitchen. Probably the main sight, at least the most featured one, is Arch Rock, a huge natural bridge which was formed by the collapse of a karst cave.