The Headlands Natural Area

The Headlands Natural Area

600 acres. Frontage: 2.5 miles on the Straits of Mackinac. Designated an international Dark Sky Park in 2011. This large, relatively undisturbed forest tract provides for plant and wildlife diversity. It is an important resting stop and staging area for raptors and neotropical birds migrating across the Straits. It is also home to the endangered Dwarf Lake Iris and is thought to be habitat for the threatened Lake Huron Tansy and Pitcher's Thistle. A paved road leads to the facilities and trailhead. Nearly 4-1/2 miles of trails are available for hiking, bird-watching, equestrian, cross country skiing and mountain biking. The property also includes picnic areas and two facilities for public rental. Area is located two miles west of Mackinaw City off of Central Avenue.

Contact Information


15687 Headlands Road

Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Driving Directions

Phone: (231) 347-0991


Location of The Headlands Natural Area

Map of Michigan