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Fort Holmes

2234 Fort Holmes Road, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
+1 231-436-4100
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The walk up to the fort is worth it for the view. The reconstructed fort is interesting for the... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
DGKalina
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Suburban Chicago
It was just ok but the view is awesome!

Congrats to the islanders for reconstructing the Fort. The historical info was very interesting... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Sherry L
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Saginaw, Michigan
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During the War of 1812, the British constructed a small fort on the highest point of the island, to better protect Fort Mackinac. Originally named Fort George, it was renamed by the Americans, following their return in 1815. The Americans continued to man the outpost for a few years, but eventually abandoned it. In 1934 a reconstruction, carried out by the Works Progress Administration and based on original plans, was completed. It was replaced by the current version in 2015.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2234 Fort Holmes Road, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

The walk up to the fort is worth it for the view. The reconstructed fort is interesting for the historic perspective of the island. A good getaway from the crowds shopping for fudge on the main street.

Thank DGKalina
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Congrats to the islanders for reconstructing the Fort. The historical info was very interesting but the fort is pretty small. Can't go into the 2nd level. However, that being said, it was worth the bike ride uphill just for the view. You can see the...More

1  Thank Sherry L
Reviewed 9 July 2017

The fort is at the top of the island. To get there you have to walk uphill all the way with a series of stairways consisting of approximately 144 steps to make the final ascension to the top. If you are not is good shape...More

Thank howard B
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Highest point on Mackinac Island, breathtaking views. It's a little climb for sure, my 12 yr old and myself chose bikes, definitely worth the effort.

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 5 July 2017

The panoramic views alone would make the hike up to Fort Holmes worth it but the fort is actually interesting. A nice addition to the island. It was just rebuilt in the past couple of years. There is good signage to tell the story of...More

Thank vnbond
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Although Fort Holmes is an interesting fort, the fact that it was recently constructed takes away from any historical experience. If you're in the area, by all means stop and take a look but keep in mind that it isn't authentic.

Thank maloney1969
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This recreation isn't that old and it is well done. This would be a great place to have a picnic lunch too as it offers great views of Lake Huron from up high. The highest point on the island! There isn't much inside the fort...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 22 June 2017

It's a bit of a trip to get up to Fort Holmes but well worth it. They have restored this and it's fantastic. They have added alot of historical information as well. The highest point on the island, so the views are great.

Thank KAREN S
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Everyone needs to take the trip up to Fort Holmes at least once. Yes it is quite a hike or bike ride but definitely worth it! In a pinch, you can hire a horse and buggy tour that will take you up.

Thank Judith D
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Great views, good exercise. A bit lean on the 'Wow!' factor other than the views, but it's free. There is not bathroom; just a port-o-let, but it was clean. Definitely hike down the Sugar Something Trail and see the rock afterwards, then take the trails...More

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