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Scenic Heritage Routes

  • M-119: In June, 2003, nearly 70 years after its inspiration, M-119 along the Lake Michigan shore was designated a scenic Heritage Route. This route, also known as the "Tunnel of Trees," is a 13-mile stretch of M-119 traveling through Friendship, Readmond and Cross Village townships. The area abounds in natural beauty and history. M-119 is not a road for those in a hurry. Cross Village, located at the northernmost point of the route, is a charming hamlet overlooking Lake Michigan. South of Cross Village, the road meanders along the shoreline toward Harbor Springs, offering the traveler spectacular views of the lake and the Beaver Island archipelago. Considered by many to be one of the nation's most scenic highways, the M-119 Heritage Route is unparalleled.
  • US-41: The first road designated as a Scenic Heritage Route was the eighteen-mile segment of US-41 from Mine to Copper Harbor in Keweenaw County in the Upper Peninsula. The uniqueness of this road is its forest and how the trees, some as close as three feet from the edge of the pavement, form a complete canopy over most of the entire length of the Heritage Route. This road provides access to such recreational resources as Lake Superior beaches, Copper Harbor, Historic Fort Wilkins state park, hunting, fishing, and fall color touring.
  • M-123: The entire 62-mile loop of M-123 north of M-28 is designated a Scenic Heritage Route, recognizing the outstanding natural beauty of the area. Passing through both Luce and Chippewa counties in the eastern Upper Peninsula, this route features views of Lake Superior, rivers, forests, trails, and Tahquamenon Falls State Park.  The route extends from County Road 500 in Luce County, southwest into the village of Newberry, and from the Galloway Creek on the east side, south through Eckerman. More than 40 miles of M-123 was resurfaced by MDOT during 2007.
  • M-22: Michigan highway M-22 in Leelanau County acts both as a major transportation artery for the county, and as a corridor for viewing some of the country's most scenic and diverse vistas. It is because of the scenic attributes and rural characteristics that a concerned group of residents sought and achieved Heritage Route designation. This distinction would ensure that the rural character of the county would remain in its current state and would be managed in a manner that highlight the intrinsic qualities of the peninsula. 



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