A visit to Fort Holmes requires a hike, much of which is up hill. This is not a problem in October. The view from the Fort is worth the effort. Very nice on a fall day.
As far as buildings to see this fort doesn't have any. Being the highest spot on the Island, the climb is worth it. You can see Mackinaw Fort and many sites around the Island
Fort Holmes is probably the best spot on the island, and not everyone knows about it. It is the highest point on the island and the view is amazing. Its worth all the stairs!
Great piece of history. It appears that funds are inplace to keep this place working and vidoes are great. For photographers...great place to see the whole city...But its one of those things that after you see it...you do not have to see it again.
It's quite a hike to get here, but it's really worth it! Not too many people are ever up there at any one time, so you'll basically have the feeling that the island is yours for a minute. It's really eerie to sit up on the lookout and imagine what it must have been like when the British forces overtook... More
The fort itself is no longer standing,but one can tour the foundations and what's left of the battlements. The big deal here is the view...a 360 degree panorama of the Straits of Mackinac like nothing else you will see. Admission to this is fee and worth the walk or bike ride. Bring your camera!
It is a long, difficult hike up to this location. Be sure you're physically prepared! Highest point on the island with some interesting geological facts. You should know there really is no actual fort, it's covered in grass and is really just a mound at this point. Worth experiencing once, especially for the amazing view!
If you are reasonably fit, get off the island circle route and into the center of Mackinac Island State Park. Fort Holmes is the highest point on Mackinac Island and arguably has the best views. We took an adult beverage and enjoyed the views. From there we took Rifle Range Road to Arch Rock, and then rode on almost deserted... More
Don't expect an epiphany of historical information to flow from a visit to the location of Fort Holmes. There are replicated parts of the fort that were built in the 1970's that shows the extremely small fort that the British put up here. The hike up the what seems like thousands of stairs is not for the faint of heart,... More
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