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Michigan's Most Scenic and Roads and Byways


Copper Country Trail

The 47-mile byway tells the story of copper on the Keweenaw Peninsula, featuring museums, former mining communities, and a national historic park along the way. Points of interest include: Keweenaw National Historical Park (two separate units); Fort Wilkins State Park, once an active US Army base built to keep peace in Michigan's Copper Country; Brockway Mountain, featuring a nine-mile scenic drive that offers spectacular views of Lake Superior; and the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums.

Start and Endpoint: Byway begins at the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, the only road access to the Keweenaw Peninsula, then follows US 41 north to Copper Harbor.

For further information, contact: Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau

River Road Scenic Byway

Byway parallels the historic and scenic Au Sable River, providing overlooks of the diverse landscape of the Au Sable River Valley and the Huron National Forest. Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities along this route, including fishing, camping, wildlife viewing, and snowmobiling. The Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center includes exhibits and hands-on displays that tell the stories of the lumberjacks who worked the woods and rode the rivers.

Start and Endpoint: The 22-mile byway begins 7 miles northeast of Hale at the intersection of SR 65 and Rollways Road, continues 4 miles east on SR 65 to River Road, then 18 miles east on River Road to the intersection with US 23 in Oscoda, Michigan.

For further information, contact: Huron-Manistee National Forests

Woodward Avenue (M-1)

Lined with historical landmarks and cultural institutions, Woodward Avenue follows the pathway of growth of the City of Detroit and is one of the few byways offering an urban experience. The 27-mile route passes through downtown Detroit, the Boston Edison neighborhood, past Highland Park, the Detroit Zoo, the City of Birmingham, the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, and ends in to the City of Pontiac. The foot of Woodward, the narrowest point of the Detroit River, served as the end of the road and a crossing to freedom into Canada for many runaway slaves using the underground railroad.

Start and Endpoint: Also known as M-1, Woodward Avenue is a state route beginning at the Detroit River in the Detroit central business district and running linearly northwest to Pontiac.

For further information, contact: Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

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