Cave in the Woods, Mackinac Island

There are several famous points on Mackinac Island, with Arch Rock, Fort Mackinac, and British Landing coming first to mind. But the island has several other, lesser-known sites as well, mostly on the interior of the island, far away from main concentrations of visitors. A quick look at one of the free maps from the visitor's center will show you all kinds of historical goodness to discover.

Cave in the Woods is one such place. It's not a difficult place to find or visit, but it is distant from the downtown area - well, as distance as something on an island that's only eight miles in circumference. My daughter and I had brought our bikes to the island - that's what the cool kids do - and after riding around the coast to British Landing for ice cream at The Cannonball, we decided to head inland to visit the not-so-famous cave, which my daughter had never seen.

The easiest way to reach the cave is to take State Road where it intersects with British Landing Road near the airport. (State Road intersects British Landing Road in two spots, and either one will you there.) A sign by the side of the road points to Cave in the Woods, and an easy to follow trail leads through the forest to the cave.

It's not a big cave - no spelunking is needed, and if you brought all your caving equipment… well, sorry, you're going to have haul all that gear back. But it's a neat little geological feature, and one that isn't crowded, unlike many of the others points of interest on the island. That is one of the charms of the cave.

Mackinac Island has lots of informational placards, and Cave in the Woods has one, too. Hey, the majority of the island was one covered with water? And this cave in the forest was part of the lakeshore? Huh. It's cool facts like this that lead make me question my career choice - maybe I should have been a geologist.