Mackinac Island: Victorian Charm In Modern Era


This Sept. 23, 2012 photo shows a horse-drawn vehicle on Mackinac Island, Mich., in Lake Huron. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the island, so bikes and horse carriages are common sights. (AP Photo/Anick Jesdanun)

Despite the lack of motor vehicles, Mackinac Island has a state highway, running some eight miles around the island. You can walk or run it – consider the Mackinac Island Eight-Mile Road Race in September. You can also rent bikes.

If eight miles is too much, there are shorter hikes you can take, including ones to natural stone formations such as Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf. There are more than 60 miles of trails to choose from throughout the 1,800-acre state park.

In fact, Mackinac was the second national park created after Yellowstone. But with the closure of Fort Mackinac, the park didn’t have caretakers in the form of U.S. soldiers. The state took it over in 1895.

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