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Below are listings and details for each of the current Scenic Heritage Routes around the state, including the limits of the Route, its length, notes and related links.

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M-22 Route MarkerM-109 Route MarkerM-204 Route MarkerLeelanau Scenic Heritage Route logo

Leelanau
Scenic Heritage Route

Southwest End:   Village of Empire in southwest Leelanau County.
Southeast End:   Jct M-72 at the northeastern edge of Traverse City (south of Greilickville)
Length: Updated 70 miles
Notes: Updated From MDOT: "Michigan highways M-22, M-109 and M-204 serve as major transportation roads for Leelanau County and provide the viewing of some of the country’s most scenic and diverse vistas. Small towns, settled crossroads and tree-lined streets greet visitors along the 70-mile route on Northwest Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula. Beautiful Lake Michigan waters cradle the landmass punctuated with rivers, lakes, streams, orchards, vineyards and farm fields. Its scenic attributes and rural characteristics led a concerned group of residents to achieve Heritage Route designation. This distinction ensures that the rural character of the county remains in its current state and is managed in a manner that highlights the intrinsic qualities of the peninsula."
  New! According to some sources, the M-22 Scenic Heritage Route now also encompasses all of M-204 linking M-22 between Suttons Bay and south of Leland, as well as all of M-109 which loops off M-22 between Glen Arbor and north of Empire. As such, it's now being referred to as the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route.
Weblinks: Updated Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route - from the Northwest Michigan Coucil of Governments. (New website link, 8/12/2013.)
  Updated Scenic Heritage Route M-22 Leelanau County Guidebook from the Leelanau County website.
  Stabenow, Levin Announce Three Grants for Michigan's Scenic Byways from Senator Levin.
  M-22 Route Listing
   
M-37 Route MarkerOld Mission Peninsula Scenic Heritage Route logo

Old Mission Peninsula
Scenic Heritage Route

Southern End: Traverse City north city limit (just northeast of Peninsula Dr & Center Rd intersection)
Northern End: Northern terminus of M-37 at the Old Mission Lighthouse
Length: 17.26 miles
Notes: From NWMCOG: "It is because of the unique charm and breathtaking views that so many people visit the Old Mission Peninsula. Tourism is an integral part of the local economy, mainly agri-tourism. Because of the scenic attributes of inherent beauty and the rural characteristics displayed along this particular stretch of M-37, a concerned group of Peninsula Township residents and Township officials in 1995 began investigating the possibility of officially acknowledging the distinctiveness of this segment of roadway by designating it as a Michigan Scenic Heritage Route."
  New! From MDOT: "Traversing the full length of Old Mission Peninsula, the route runs 18 miles along rolling farmlands and the deep blue Grand Traverse Bay before ending at a historic 1870 lighthouse and park. Along the way, bluffs rise dramatically from the Lake Michigan shore to over 200 feet in some parts, offering breathtaking views of East and West Grand Traverse Bay amid the pastoral farmscapes of fruit trees and grapevines. Tourism, mainly agritourism, is integral to the local economy. The scenic attributes and rural characteristics displayed along this stretch of M-37 made it a natural for heritage route designation in 2007."
  The name of this route has evolved into the Old Mission Peninsula Scenic Heritage Route.
Weblinks: Updated Old Mission Peninsula Scenic Heritage Route - official website from the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
  M-37 Heritage Route Management Plan - from the Peninsula Township website.
  New! Old Mission Peninsula Scenic Heritage Route - at the Peninsula Township website.
  "M-37 on Old Mission Peninsula may soon be scenic route" from the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
  M-37 Route Listing
   
M-119 Route MarkerCopper Country Trail Scenic Heritage Route logoAmerica's Byways route marker

Copper Country Trail
Scenic Heritage Route
& National Byway

Southern End: Houghton
Northern End: Jct M-26 in Copper Harbor
Length: 47 miles
Notes: From MDOT: "The first road designated as a Scenic Heritage Route was the eighteen-mile segment of US-41 from Central 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 sas 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."
  The first 18 miles of the route were designated as a Scenic Heritage Route in 1994 from Central to Copper Harbor, then extended southwesterly to Mohawk in 2002 and then to Houghton in the spring of 2004.
Weblinks: Copper Country's U.S. 41 named National Scenic Byway from Keweenaw Now, a September 23, 2005 article regarding the designation of this route.
  Copper Country Trail from Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
  US-41 Route Listing
   
M-119 Route MarkerM-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route logo

M-119 Tunnel of Trees
Scenic Heritage Route

Southern End: Harbor Springs
Northern End: Northern terminus of M-119 in Cross Village
Length: Updated 13 miles
Notes: Officially designated a Scenic Heritage Route in June 2003. This is the famous "Tunnel of Trees" route connecting Harbor Springs with Cross Village in Emmet Co.
  New! "In June 2003, nearly 70 years after its inspiration, M-119 along the Lake Michigan shore was designated a scenic Heritage Route. This route is a 13-mile stretch of M-119 traveling through West Traverse, 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."
Weblinks: Updated M-119 Tunnel of Trees Heritage Route from the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. (New website link, 8/12/2013.)
  Updated M-119 Tunnel of Trees Guidebook from the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
  New! Marking history: M-119's Tunnel of Trees route - a nice historic overview of the history of M-119 and its status as a heritage route from the Petoskey News.
  Public invited to celebrate in Cross Village at M-119 'Tunnel of Trees' dedication ceremony from MDOT.
  Beauty at Risk: Protecting M-119 Corridor from the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
  M-119 Route Listing
   
M-119 Route MarkerTahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route logo

Tahquamenon
Scenic Heritage Route

Western End: Updated M-28 at the western terminus of M-123 south of Newberry.
Eastern End: Updated Jct M-28 & M-123 at Eckerman Corners in western Chippewa Co.
Length: Updated 62 miles
Notes: New! This the name of this Scenic Heritage Route has now evolved into the Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route.
  New! From MDOT: "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, which features the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. With a 50-foot drop, the falls are second only to Niagara Falls as the most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The route extends from Eckerman Corner at M-28 on the east end, north through Paradise, then heads west through northern Luce County and southwest through the Village of Newberry where it terminates at M-28."
  New!On November 9, 2007, the he Michigan Department of Transportation expanded the Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route to include the entire northern loop of M-123, recognizing the outstanding natural beauty of the area.
Weblinks: New! Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route - the primary travel and information website for the Route.
  New! The M-123 Scenic Heritage Route - informational page from Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development.
  New! M-123 Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route Expanded- a November 2007 press release from MDOT regarding the expansion of the Route to encompass the entire "northern loop" of M-123.
  M-123 Route Listing
  Tahquamenon Falls State Park
   

 

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