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Take a Hike
Mackinac’s long history is rich and full of interesting stories for visitors to learn, only these can sometimes be overshadowed by the amazing views, cute shops, and beautiful buildings. Consider signing up for the Mackinac Island’s Legends and Lore Trek. Though tours usually begin near the Tourism Bureau downtown, guides are able to meet you right at Hotel Iroquois, if you so choose.
Run by Dr. Mary Patay, a year-round local of Mackinac, the Trek will take you away from the bustling center of downtown and into the Mackinac Island State Park, Michigan’s oldest state park. You will visit six beautiful and unique locations on your trip, and hear straight from your local guide about all the history of Mackinac. Listen to her paint a picture of what it’s like to live and go to school on the island, and let her show you all the places that make this magical place home.
Patay will escort you to Arch Rock, a beautiful and longstanding landmark on the southeastern end of the Island. Then you move onto Sugar Loaf, a seventy-five foot high rock from the ice age. Hear the history of how these well known formations were carved by snow and melting ice. Take the stairs up to Lookout, where you can see the swaying trees of the national park and the deep blue waters of Lake Huron. Then move on to Fort Holmes, a reconstruction of the fort from the War of 1812. Hear the history behind its occupations and abandonment. Then dare to enter the creepy Skull Cave, once a burial site for the Native Americans who lived near it. End your tour with a visit to Ste. Anne’s Cemetery, where graves were moved after downtown overcrowded with bodies in 1850.
When you’ve seen all there is to see and heard all there is to hear, you’ll be dropped off where you started your tour. Make your way downtown or back to the mainland for some good eats, and know your bed at Hotel Iroquois is only a short walk away.
Address: 7274 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757