Bike around Mackinac Island

Michigan Mackinac Ferry

Added by Jess Curren

Beautiful, remote location with an 8.2 mile bike route around the entire island.

Mackinac Island is accessible only by ferry, and there are no cars allowed on the island. While you can rent bikes over there, we opted to bring ours along on the Star Line ferry. Super easy and we had no problems!

Lake Shore Boulevard, or State Highway M-185, wraps around the entire island and is fairly level. If you go on one of the many interior trails or streets there is definitely some hill climbing, but with our kids (ages 10, 8. & 5) we opted for the easier route and stuck to the perimeter.

The best way to do this route is to go counter-clockwise. The road winds along the coast the entire way with beautiful views of Lake Huron.

There are some great stops along the way as well, so definitely plan to take your time! We climbed the 207 steps to view Arch Rock, walked the Nature Trail, and enjoyed learning about the history at British Landing.

Also, don't miss the the public library and its amazing deck, pizza at , and some ice cream or fudge at one of the many shops downtown!

Pack List

  • Water bottle
  • Bikes
  • Helmet
  • Camera
  • Jacket
  • Bike lock
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Cycling, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Summer

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

8 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

about 1 month ago

Great Adventure in an Old Setting

My family and I went up to visit Mackinac Island when I was a kid and we decided to do the biking last minute. It turned out to be a great decision as this was one of the most fun things we did. The old setting of Mackinac really adds a lot to the trip, too. This should definitely be something that you consider if you're heading up to Mackinac Island.

about 1 month ago

Added by Jess Curren

Outdoor adventure loving mom of 3 amazing kids and wife to the best husband a girl could ask for. We sold everything in 2013 to travel the United States in our Airstream travel trailer. We bike, hike, backpack, and love to explore new places as a family.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike Island Trail

Michigan / Hamlin Beach House

Start at the Hamlin Beach House and make your way down the dirt path until you hit marker #12. Take a right and the trail will become a boardwalk for roughly 3/4 of a mile until you hit marker #10.

Alex Harrison
1 Saves

Hike to Big Glen Lookout

Michigan / Alligator Hill Trailhead

Start at the Alligator Hill trail head and make your way up the hill for roughly .1 of a mile until you hit a marker. Turn left at the sign and keep on the trail for another 1.3 miles.

Alex Harrison
1 Saves

Backpack to the Mirror Lake Cabins in the Porkies

Michigan / Summit Peak Scenic Area

The trip to Mirror Lake begins at the Summit Peak Scenic Area. To extend your hike, start at the Lily Pond trail-head farther south on Summit Peak Road (5.3 miles to cabin).

Matt Johnson
5 Saves