As you are driving north through Manistee County on the beautiful Scenic Highway M-22, you will find yourself “on top of the county” when you reach the Arcadia Overlook (known by some as “Inspiration Point”).  When you travel through the quaint town of Arcadia, you will find yourself at zero elevation, right on the water.  Within minutes you will feel your ears pop and hear your vehicle kick into overdrive as you make your way up the 370′ climb to the parking area at the Arcadia Overlook.    Now, if that isn’t enough of a view for you, hopefully you have your walking shoes on.

Climb 120 steps (a little over 80 vertical feet) and you will find yourself perched on the highest point in Manistee County.  As you reach the top deck, you will be rewarded by a view that takes your breath away.  As you gaze south towards Arcadia, you will see the piers in Arcadia and Onekama.  On a clear evening, you will be able to see all the way back to the Manistee Harbor and the glowing beacon found  in the North Pier Lighthouse.

This rest area & scenic overlook is visited by tens of thousands of travelers each year looking to pause, reflect and enjoy the simple beauty of Manistee County’s natural landscape. There are also picnic tables and charcoal grills available for use so you can take in the landscape while enjoying time with family and friends.

Be sure to bring some spare change and take advantage of the observation telescope located at the top to get a better view of the world below.


Find great lodging in Manistee County on your trip up M-22.