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Mackinac Island Outer Loop is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mackinac Island, Michigan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 88 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Fishing Nature trips Road biking Walking Running Beach Forest Paved Views Wildlife
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In addition to the biking/walking trail around the island, there are many great paths and trails venturing into the island. The forests provide beautiful cover, the old Fort Holmes battlements are partially preserved and you can see how one would have defended the island from this highest point.

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Elizabeth Conn
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Road biking

A must if you’re on the island! Perfect way to end the day and catch the sunset on the beach on your way around the island.

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Elizabeth Zelaya
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Mountain biking

Great views and easy biking

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John Tancini
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Hiking
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Amber Alford
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Road bikingGreat!

It was beautiful, not hard- very enjoyable We rode bikes

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lilia cena
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Road biking
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Andrew Sinclair
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Hiking

Fun walk on paved road along the island.

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Lon Walter
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Nature trips

Nice ride on a road with little elevation change

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Steven Chorma
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Hiking

Mostly flat loop unless you venture inland.

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Luigi Laraia
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HikingGreat!

Nice paved trail for bikes. Crowds everywhere, you can't take your eyes off the trail and on the lovely views. Crowds took enjoyment out of it. Still a worthy ride.

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Brian Bopp
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Road biking

Always a great ride.

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Dominic Butler
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Hiking
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Samantha Scaife
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Bike touring

Cool trail of the entire island with views along the way. We rented bikes and it took about 2 hrs and 15 mins, but we made a decent amount of stops to appreciate the scenery. Watch out for horse poop from the carriage rides!

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Dawn Trahin
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Road biking

Loved it!! Absolutely beautiful!! 8 miles flew by!

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Meagen Russ
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Hiking

Trail is open all the way around the island as of today, August 12. Very crowded around downtown area and again by Arch Rock. Most people don’t follow social distancing rules. Many are not wearing masks. This was disappointing. The tail itself offers gorgeous views of the crystal clear turquoise waters of Lake Huron. Simply stunning and worth it.

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Chris Gainey
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Road biking
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Sylvie Chun
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HikingGreat!

Very doable for beginners and lots of opportunities to go up the stairs back to the top of the island. The water was crystal clear, blue and gorgeous. Definitely recommend!

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Mark L
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Road biking

great place lots of fun

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Tim Balice
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Bike touring

Definitely a fun trip that the whole family made. My daughter did a tag along bike and did great.

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Noah Koontz
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Road bikingClosed
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Joshua Rayls
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Hiking

Fun day with Ash and the kids riding bikes around Mackinac Island.

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Kelly Burtch
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Road bikingWashed out

We rented bikes which was a fun break on our mostly hiking trip. It was a little stressful because the route is packed with people walking, biking, and in horse carriages. A few miles of the east side was closed due to damage. The scenery was really pretty, the waters of Lake Huron clear with lots of smooth rocks below. The amount of people and tourism of the town was not our cup of tea though, so we don't plan to return.

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Zachary Rigot
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HikingBugsWashed out

The trail was washed out on the East side of the island. It was a a nice ride, and there was some traffic.

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Gina Valente
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Hiking

The best way to see the island! Easy bike ride.

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Anna Z
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Road biking

Beautiful bike trail. Several pull offs, some with bike racks. Really relaxing, easy going loop.

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Rajesh Alwar
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Hiking

Rented bike and rode clockwise once stopping along the way to click pictures and stopping by the lake shore and anticlockwise the second time non-stop. Perfect way to end the day!

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Janee Matteson
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Hiking

Twice around!

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Birgitte van Galen
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Hiking

Paved trail. Bring your bike to the island of rent one. Make some stops and enjoy the viewings.

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Melissa Pelley Hinojosa
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Hiking

Scenic paved trail with views of Lake Huron! Busy during the summer, but is a beautiful bike or running/walking route during fall.

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D Schro
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Road biking

It’s just something you have to do and it ‘s fun! It is a loop on the outer edge of the island. Mackinac Island technically sits in Lake Huron. Each of the Great Lakes is very different so this bike ride introduces the rocky and shallow waters of Huron. Crystal clear water. Do this ride early if you want to ride fast and avoid crowds. Otherwise slow down and enjoy. Many stops along the way which are informative. Mackinac Island is primarily a State Park so there are tons of other bike trails. Do the loop but allow time to explore the inner island trails. Take some snacks, enjoy the scenery and watch out for the crazy tandem bikers!

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