Downtown Mackinac Island is busy, and the main attractions are fun to explore, but that is not all this island has to offer. Did you know Mackinac Island was the second National Park in the United States? Just three short years after Yellowstone National Park was established, it also became the state of Michigan’s first National Park.

82% of Mackinac Island makes up Mackinac State Park. The almost four-square mile island is peppered with trails, bluffs, and geological formations guests can explore with staying on Mackinac Island. The Historic Mackinac Island Visitor’s Guide – offered on all Shepler’s departures for just TWO dollars – provides a detailed map of all the trails throughout the State Park, specifically outlining seven tours with in-depth details about historic buildings, artifacts, and landmarks along the way. Walking the trails isn’t the only mode of transportation; rent a horse or tour these trails on a pedal bike!

Most people know about the motorized vehicle ban on Mackinac Island, but did you know the next best way to travel around the island in the summer is by bike? Shepler’s can transport your personal bike over to Mackinac Island for just $13 round trip! Take a leisurely stroll around the island or through the middle for a quiet picnic by the 1814 battlefield or venture to see the crack-in-the-island if you dare.

Lastly, Shepler’s can transport personal kayaks over to Mackinac Island for $25. Kayak to the island and ride back with us or vice versa. If you like to be on the water, challenge yourself to kayak around Mackinac Island. Don’t forget to stop by and see Arch Rock from the water – a view that can’t be beat!

However you decide to explore Mackinac Island, hiking, biking, or kayaking, we can’t wait to see you this summer! Be sure to use #RideSheplers and share your adventures with is on our social channels!