The story of the Mackinac Island State Park is the story of Mackinac Island – more than 80 percent of the island is part of the park. Since the park was established in 1895, most of the land has been kept in its natural condition, to be explored and enjoyed as nature intended. The park is covered by a mixed coniferous and hardwood forest which is home to wonderfully fragrant spruce, cedar, paper birch and balsam fir growing on the moist soil, while hardwoods like sugar maple, red oak, hemlock, beech and white pine thrive in better-draining soil.
There are no large animals on the island, but there is a profusion of birds such as ducks, gulls, finches, warblers and sparrows. Squirrels, bats, hares and chipmunks are common and hikers can occasionally spot a red fox, muskrat or a raccoon. Camping and hunting are forbidden on the island, but hiking is highly recommended as there are 70.5 miles of roads and trails. There are no cars in the park, or anywhere on the island, so hiking, biking, horseback riding or horse-drawn carriages are the only way to get around.
7029 Huron Rd, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-3328
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