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Mackinac Island, Michigan

A Guide to Running on Mackinac Island and Other Areas of Northwest Michigan

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Mackinac Island is known as “the jewel of the great lakes”. The 3.8 square mile landmass on Lake Huron is a popular visitor destination in summer and a treat for running. In addition to its spectacular scenery, the best part of running on Mackinac Island is there are no cars, so you can run completely traffic free! The island is accessible only by air or ferry from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.

The best place to run on Mackinac Island is the 8-mile loop around the island, featuring unbeatable views. Our route departs right from the ferry terminal, and can be completed either clockwise or counter clockwise. Simply follow the 185 Road around the coastline — it’s posted with mile markers so you’ll have a good sense of your pace. Highlights along the way include Devil’s Kitchen, Sunset Rock, Arch Rock, and the historic buildings of the port area. For more, there are many interior trails on the island, some of which are more rugged and hilly. ROUTE MAP

If you prefer to run with company, several races are held on Mackinac throughout the year. See runmackinac.com for a schedule of upcoming events. Other trail running opportunities abound in Mackinac Island State Park. See also other nearby routes for the popular Northwest Michigan region and Traverse City.

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