Almost everyone who comes to Mackinac Island manages to get to Arch Rock, a limestone formation atop one of the highest parts of the island. If you don’t
want to hire a carriage ride, bike or walk up one of the steep hills, or climb an arduous set of stairs from the road below, you can always just stop on the road and look up, up, up. Of course you’ll miss the fantastic views you’d see had you gone up to the top.
But very few visitors get to this rock – Cave of the woods. To get there, first bike up a steep hill to the center of the island, the leave the paved roads behind for a short ride up a gravel road into the woods, then get off your bike to hike a muddy trail about a quarter-mile. You’ll get to see this cave, plus the crack in the island, a fissure in the limestone rock deep enough to stand in. (Unfortunately the fantastic pictures I took at the crack in the island were stolen by vampires.)
But the biggest, baddest rock formation at Mackinac Island is Sugar Loaf Rock. Located at the highest part of the island, Sugar Loaf is a dramatic breccia mass rising 75 feet above the ground, and is the island’s largest limestone stack. A bike ride or long walk will get you up the hill to this highest point to see it. But be sure to bring your map – there’s no crowds up there to lead the way.
Hey Huffygirl, no climbing allowed!
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