August 15 2014

Castle Rock – St. Ignace Michigan – Travel Guide

castle rock st ignace

Castle Rock – St. Ignace Michigan – I 75 Exit 348

castle rock

The Details:

To some, Castle Rock is an iconic stop just off the Mackinaw Bridge welcoming you to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. To others, it’s just a tourist trap with a bunch of old stairs to the top of a rock. No matter how you feel about the it, for $1, you just can’t beat it!

For 85 years Castle Rock has been open for tourists to get an amazing view of Mackinac Island and Lake Huron. You can get your picture taken with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox before making the climb up nearly 200 feet. Local legend has it that Paul and Babe are actually encased in the rock and when you are at the top you’re actually standing on his head.

No matter what your vacation schedule is like, there’s always time for a stop. You could spend a few minutes just to climb up and back down again and still feel you got your money’s worth. Or take your time… soak in the view, take some photos, and shop in the gift shop.

paul bunyan and babe


The climb to the top is not wheelchair accessible, however, the gift shop is

The stairs are steeper than you think, there are benches along the way up in case you need to stop for a second and rest.

If you’re into penny squishing as we are, they have a machine with 4 designs to choose from.

The gift shop has a pretty unique selection of items compared to other shops of this type and the prices are average.

castle rock gift shop

The Opinions:

Betsy: I am a BIG fan of Castle Rock as it was an integral part of my childhood. I don’t think that there was one Summer that passed that I didn’t go there at least once either with my parents or my grandparents. As such, you can imagine I was pretty darn excited to introduce Chris to Castle Rock on this trip. The gift shop at Castle Rock has always been one of my favorites as well as it has a very diverse selection of items that are reasonably priced. This is a must stop if you are going to be in the UP!

Chris: I love roadside tourist traps! Especially ones of this caliber. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era as places like this stir up feelings of 50’s nostalgia inside me and I wasn’t born anywhere near the 1950s. It’s not  just the climb or the view that drew me in, it’s the whole experience. I only wish I could have visited years ago, I’m sure at one point you could get right up beside Paul and Babe for your photos but alas, either for safety reasons or to protect them from damage, they have been fenced in. I’m glad I got to take the boys and experience this with them… it was a first for all of us.

castle rock view


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Posted August 15, 2014 by theadventurers in category "Northern Michigan", "Sight Seeing", "Tourist Trap