Explore McGulpin

Self-Guided Cell Phone Tour

An enhanced self-guided cell phone tour, provided by TourSphere, is available throughout the grounds, offering more background on this important historical property in Northern Emmet County. (The cell phone tour is also available throughout the Village of Mackinaw City and Mackinaw’s Heritage Village, at the Headlands, Cecil Bay, Pellston Regional Airport, in Alanson at several stops, Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga and along the Bear River in Petoskey; look for the signs). Take the tour from your computer or smartphone by going to emmetcounty.toursphere.com

Discovery Trail

The story of McGulpin Point spans thousands of years, from our earliest inhabitants who made it their home to the Europeans who arrived and settled the grounds. Later, when shipping began in full force through the Straits of Mackinac, its story became that of a lighthouse, helping captains navigate the tumultuous waters between Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

A new trail at the lighthouse interprets those various stages of the property, with cultural “docents” along the way telling the story of these important historical grounds. Take a virtual tour of the trail here!

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop at McGulpin Point offers a delightful mix of souvenirs, apparel, novelties, stemware, books, videos and more. Each year we add to our collection of one-of-a-kind lighthouse and Straits area memorabilia. In addition, we also carry items for the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands, which is just a shore distance from McGulpin Point. Here you can find Dark Sky apparel and merchandise as well. Learn more by clicking here!