Scenic Drives

When the first boats of copper prospectors arrived to the Keweenaw they found a remote and rugged wilderness whose interior was choked with cedar swamps and thick forests. This meant that the first order of business for any new mining company was cutting through that wilderness to construct a supply road from the coast so that men and supplies could be brought in. As more mines tried their luck in the region more of these supply roads were constructed, connected the main ports of Copper Harbor, Eagle Harbor, and Eagle River to an assortment of mine locations further inland. Over time and the first true cross-peninsula road wouldn't be built until the arrival of the Military Road in the 1850's; a road constructed by the government to connect Fort Wilkins with its sister fort in Green Bay.

After the completion of the Military Road, however, the placement and routes of Keweenaw roads for the next half century were predominantly orchestrated by the many mine companies that dotted the region. It wasn't until the arrival of the Depression that the government took a greater role in local road building, as nearly a hundred miles of roads were constructed during this time as work projects for unemployed miners under the direction of the WPA. These roads were routed through some of the Keweenaw's most picturesque landscapes, such as Brockway Mountain and the Great Sand Bay. They were also dotted with numerous roadside parks and scenic turnouts, turning much of the Copper Country's transportation network into tourist destinations. Its a tradition that continues to this day, as many of the peninsula's roads and highways provide from some incredibly scenic and exciting driving.

Brockway Mountain Drive

Copper Harbor - Built during the Depression, this eight mile long scenic drive skirts along precipitous cliffs as it makes its way along some of the Keweenaw's highest and most rugged terrain. Learn More...

Covered Road

Redridge - Built atop an old railroad grade, this incredibly narrow dirt road makes its way through a high canopy of maples for nearly three miles. Learn More...