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Location:

Arch Rock

Mackinac Island

Population:

Approximately 492

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Located within the Mackinac Island State Park is the Arch Rock, one of the most photographed areas on Mackinac Island. The park originated in 1895 as Michigan’s first state park because of this rare breccia limestone formation, which was created naturally by wind, water, and receding glaciers. Arch Rock stretches more than 146 feet above the shoreline of Lake Huron – almost 15 stories high! The Arch Rock can be seen from the water, but take caution because the waters of Lake Huron are very cold. There are two forts located in the park; Fort Holmes was built by the British during the War of 1812, and Fort Mackinac was established in 1780. The park covers approximately 80% of the island. The island is accessible by small aircraft, personal boats, and passenger ferries that transport visitors from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace to Mackinac Island and back. Though it is an island, there are no lighthouses on Mackinac Island, but there are several nearby, including the Wawatam, Round Island, and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouses. Be sure to bring along your camera for shots of the Arch Rock as well as the birds, native plants, and wildlife you will see as you make your way on the trails that lead to this imposing natural wonder.

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