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While often thought of as just a summer destination, the Straits of Mackinac is known to roll out the white carpet during the winter season with special events and outdoor activities like stargazing, hiking, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
The award-winning Headlands International Dark Sky Park is hosting several events over the next few months, including:
Winter Solstice at the Waterfront Event Center on Thursday, December 21 at 4pm.
We will gather in the sacred dark that accompanies the natural quiet of the season, for the song and ceremony of Earth and stars. Program will include live entertainment and seasonal supplies to create a journal for contemplating the year past, and the year ahead. $5 at the door; no reservations required. Program happens rain, snow or shine, indoors and out.
Throughout the winter season, trails for hiking, snowshoeing and even snowmobiling welcome visitors to the area. While there is no access to the regular parking lot at Historic Mill Creek, you can park near the entry area and the hiking trails from there – at no charge. Wilderness State Park offers not only winter hiking and cross-country skiing along 20 miles of trails in addition to snowmobiling, but overnight accommodations in rustic cabins or in your own tent area are allowed.
Mackinaw City is centrally-located to provide snowmobile access to the Straits area. Utilize the north central State Trailhead located off of Crossing’s Drive to experience the DNR’s groomed routes, connecting Mackinaw to Cheboygan, Petoskey, Gaylord, Rogers City, Alpena and places south. The Mackinac Bridge Authority offers a ride for you and your sled north across the Bridge for $10 plus $2 additional for an extra passenger to access the trails north of the Bridge.
For lodging reservations throughout the remainder of the fall and into the winter season, visit MackinawCity.com/stay/.