Set in the deep blue waters of Lake Huron, between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, is Mackinac Island. This wonderful island covers about four miles, and it is a lively destination that draws countless visitors from near and far every year. It shares a long and interesting history with the Great Lakes region it is a part of, and its amazing natural features and wildlife also contribute to its status as one of Michigan’s top destinations for tourists. While it is a smaller-sized island, it has a great deal to offer — you and your dog will love exploring the extensive trail system that spans the whole island!
You will need to take a ferry to reach the island, and a good place to begin your adventure is at the visitors center on Main Street. You can take this street to one of the multiple trails which form a loop around the island. The outer loop trail is the longest trail on the island, spanning about eight miles. The inner loop trail is very similar to the outer loop, but it is a bit shorter at just seven and a half miles. You can also explore the Shoreline Trail, a short trail on the southeastern shoreline, or the Swamp Trail, which runs for about a mile into the center of the island. Whichever trails you and your furry friend decide to explore, you are sure to encounter Mackinac’s beautiful natural features like its boreal forests, limestone formations, and wildflowers.
Always be sure to follow the trail guidelines when you are visiting Mackinac. Canine companions must remain leashed at all times, and you will need to bring bags to clean up after your dog as well.
However you spend your time in Mackinac, you and your dog are sure to have an incredible experience that you can treasure for a lifetime!