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MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. — The first state park in Michigan can also be the best state park in Michigan, based on Conde Nast Traveler.

The nationwide journey journal named Mackinac Island State Park as Michigan’s best state park on its current record, “The Best State Park in Every Single State.”

Describing Mackinac Island State Park as the one web site on the record to also have been a National Park, Conde Nast Traveler went on to characterize the island park as having “a lot of hype to contend with.”

“Full of sacred Ojibwa and Odawa history, a 240-year-old former British and American military outpost, and miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, this car-free isle on the western edge of Lake Huron is nothing short of magical,” the journal wrote.

The park was first established as Mackinac National Park in 1875, making it the second nationwide park in the United States after Yellowstone National Park. Twenty years later, it was transferred to state management and reorganized as Mackinac Island State Park, Michigan’s first state park created previous to the institution of the state’s official park system in 1919.

Read Conde Nast Traveler’s full list of best state parks here. Conde Nast Traveler is a part of Advance Publications, which additionally owns MLive News.


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