Copper Harbour, Michigan

Copper Harbour

brockway-mtn7Copper Harbour is such a neat place and one of the best scenic drives we have ever taken was in this area.  Brockway Mountain Drive is about 10 miles long and is the highest paved road between the Rockies and Alleghenies.  The views are spectacular.

 

 

You will have a 360 degree view of Lake Superior from 735 feet above Copper Harbour.  We were in this area about 3-4 weeks short of the fall colour change and how I wish we could have stayed for that !  In some spots the tree branches were hanging over the road and it’s beautiful.

We stayed at Fort Wilkins State Park;  they have a campground as well as a restored 1844 military outpost (Keweenaw Peninsula fort) and one of the first lighthouses on Lake Superior.   Nice park, nice sites.  Some are private; most are not but it’s still a good place to camp.  We had site 57 which was in the back corner so no one behind us, actually no one really anywhere, not too many people camping here in September.

And can you believe it?  In a town with population of, I believe, less than 200 people….they have a microbrewery !   Brickstone Breweries where we purchased a taster tray for trying.  In speaking to the fellow that was working there, he said because this area is popular for cyclists they wanted a 5 star rating for tourism.  In order to do that apparently one of the things you need is a brewery.  Well that’s a little bit of alright !

Lots of waterfalls in this area; we went to Manganese Falls and Silver Falls.  Tried to get to Horseshoe Bay but the road that we were so supposed take was, well let’s just say we have a 4 wheel vehicle and still chose not to continue.  If we had been in our area, we might have but when you are away, the last thing you want is vehicle troubles.  The road was in pretty bad shape; and so didn’t seem worth it.   We drove through the Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary which is home to the oldest stands of virgin white pine forest in Michigan.  Different trails and places to stop and enjoy the forest views.

 

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