2019 Mackinac Bridge Walk (What Every Walker Needs to Know)

The much anticipated 2019 Mackinac Bridge Walk is September 2, 2019, 7:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Are you doing your stretches in preparation? ;)

Did You Know?

  • The Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk is the only day of the year that you can walk across the gorgeous Mackinac Bridge?
  • This highly anticipated annual event was first held in 1958 and only had 68 walkers!

The Mackinac Bridge is five miles long and crosses the Straits of Mackinac, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. It is the longest suspension bridge in North America!

How Does the Mackinac Bridge Walk Work?

You may walk from either end of the bridge and go as far as you like! 

Just know that if you wish to walk the entire way across the bridge, you must reach the midway point by 10:00 a.m. or you will be turned around as the bridge will be reopened to traffic promptly at noon. 

1. The easiest plan in terms of ease and cost is to park in Mackinac City (or at your hotel) and walk to the mid-point of the bridge.  Hang out a bit to relish the view (and your hard word!), snap some bridge selfies and then head back to your starting point.  Just know there will be a long line to start the walk!

2. Take Star Line directly to St. Ignace to walk the entire distance of the bridge-The ferry will depart from Mackinaw City Dock at 6:30 am and head directly to their St. Ignace dock. Upon arriving in St. Ignace, you will need to walk across the street to catch the free shuttle to the starting point.  These lines can be pretty long too. More info will be available soon.

3. Shepler's Ferry will also offer passage from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace. Can purchase tickets ahead of time. More info will be available soon

4. What if you are already on Mackinac Island? A boat will leave directly from Star Line's Mackinac Island Dock at 6:00 am. Check their website for more info on round trip pricing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I bring my dog?  No, unless it is a service dog.
  • Is there a fee to walk the bridge?  No fee to walk the bridge.
  • Smoking, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and such are not allowed on the bridge during the walk. You may bring strollers and wheelchairs.  
  • How long is the bridge? 5 miles
  • How long does it take to walk across?  Plan 90 minutes to two hours to walk one way across or to the mid point and back. 
  • Are there bathrooms on the bridge?  No, just porta-johns at each end. 
  • Can I run or jog?  Nope! Walking only!

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