This dramatic and extremely rare geologic formation of brachiated limestone, rises 146 feet above the water, about 15 stories. Breccia limestone is very rare as a material forming natural bridges in the Great Lakes region and the formation was the source of many Native American legends of both reverance and fear. The powers that followed in Michigan felt the rock was so unique that protecting it was one of the deciding factors in naming the Mackinac National Park in 1875, then becoming the Mackinac Island State Park in 1895. Left to evolve in its own way, Arch Rock still offers visitors a huge dose of beauty and awe.
Get there: Follow Arch Rock Road east past the fort. Pair a visit to Arch Rock with a trail hike by using this interactive map: Choose Trails for "I’d like to find", and Mackinac Island "near the town of." Or visit Arch Rock on a bike trip of Mackinac’s interior.
Quick Links to more Mackinac Island Fun!
- MyNorth Mackinac Island Vacation Guide: Browse the pages of the complete Guide and click to hundreds of websites.
- The Complete Mackinac Island Restaurant Guide
- Mackinac Island music, festivals, art exhibits and events of all kinds!
- Video: A Day on Mackinac Island
- Plot your day on Mackinac Island using this Interactive Map: Choose an activity in "I’d like to find" and choose Mackinac Island for "in a town near." Then click away!
- Rent a Cottage on Mackinac Island: There are hundreds of cottages for rent in Northern Michigan. Put Mackinac Island in the Search box and you’re one step closer to that vacation of your dreams.