Mackinac Island is perhaps best known for its Grand Hotel, where Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour rekindled their age-old love in the iconic film “Somewhere in Time.” But the waterfront haven is a natural gem as well. Venture past the downtown area featured in the film, and you’ll find Mackinac State Park, a wooded retreat filled with ample space to wander and views you won’t forget when you do so. Anne’s Tablet Trail is one such place. Hike the relatively easy trail, or travel it by mountain bike. It features the 1916 bas-relief sculpture Anne’s Tablet and leads to a striking view of Lake Huron and the quaint little village on its shores.
The cool Straits of Mackinac provide a brilliant background for this picturesque community on the Michigan shoreline.
Take the forested and hilly path to the art nouveau creation of William Ordway Partridge called Anne’s Tablet.
Anne’s Tablet is a tribute to a literary heroine whose life was filled with adventure, romance, and success, but also heartbreak.
White cottages speckle the landscape you can spy from the top of the trail. The Mackinac Bridge is lovely in the distance.
The gazebo from “Somewhere in Time” sits right off of the trail. It conjures images of a young Christopher Reeve and the lilting flute of the theme song.
Even with clouds rolling in, the panoramic views from the path’s summit are breathtaking.
If you’d like to see Anne’s Tablet, do some hiking, and take in a world-class view, head to Mackinac Island. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the island, so find out all you need to know about getting around at Mackinac State Park’s website. Don’t forget to wear good hiking shoes, tote your camera, and bring a pair of binoculars for a great trip to this northern Michigan trail.
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