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Eight Mile Shoreline Road

Commuting on a bicycle is the best way to get around Mackinac Island , because there are NO CARS ! Bring your own bikes from home or rent them on the Island . Then , pack a picnic and ride the gorgeous eight mile shoreline perimeter route along M-185 . It ’ s the easiest , most popular ride and a good way to aquaint yourself with the Island ’ s beauty .

The 8 mile ride around the Island is mostly flat , very scenic , and takes about an hour without stopping . But what ’ s the rush ? You ’ ll want to go slow , stop for lunch , take photos , climb to Arch Rock and enjoy the beauty , so allow at least 2 hours .
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Island road and trail maps are available at most bike rental shops or at the Tourism Bureau Information Booth located downtown across from the Star Line Ferry Dock . But it ’ s an Island so you can ’ t get too lost .
INSIDE TIP : For a more challenging ride , there are numerous trails in the Island ’ s interior offering a variety of rolling paved roads and bike paths , beautiful wooded trails and , for advanced cyclists , steep rocky routes for expert riders on mountain bikes only . Mackinac offers biking for cyclists of all levels and abilities .
REMEMBER : Stay to the right side of the road or trail , use a light at night and horses , carriages and pedestrians always have the right of way .
Two Friendly Local Bike Stores
Wheels Next to Bay View B & B 906-847-8022
Serving all Your Bicycle Needs
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Bike Barn Across from Main St Inn 906-847-8026
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