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Tunnel of Trees Road

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Nov 01, 2004

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October 11, 2010
Used to live in Harbor Springs, so we are very…
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September 18, 2012
I've ridden The Dragon, Three Twisted Sisters and…
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Written Directions

The southern entrance to the Tunnel of Trees Road (Route 119) is about 35 miles southwest of the very popular tourist stop of Mackinac Island, which is located in the Straits of Mackinac - the juncture of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. "The Straits" is the waterway which separates Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsula. The starting point for this route is at the town of Harbor Springs, MI. From Harbor Springs simply follow Route 119 north along the Lake Michigan shore and all the way up to Cross Village.

Scenery

This road hugs the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan through a dense forest. On one side you get glimpses of old summer cabin homes tucked back in the forest and on the other side you get brief glimpses of the Lake Michigan shoreline. This is a very narrow and twisty road that runs through the dense forest of trees and is literally one of those roads that you always see photos in travel magazines that make you crave to drive down. You look ahead of you down the narrow tunnel of trees road and cannot help but wonder what will be around the next curve. If you are on 18 wheels it would be a nightmare, if you are pulling a camper it would be a hassle, if you are driving 4 wheels it would be wonderful. But, if you are driving 2 wheels, it is the road that you always kind of dream of finding. Additional Scenery description from May 18, 2011: Beautiful ride along the Northern Michigan coastline. Becomes an ideal fall ride during the color change - an absolute must for any enthusiast!!! You can start this route as far south as Petoskey. But as you ride North around the harbor you go through the town of Harbor Springs and head up the coast and this is where things really get good. A very scenic tour of the Northern Michigan coastline and a very serene ride. Best time of year is during the fall color change - September is prime riding time! Plenty of places to stop for pictures or soak in the view.

Drive Enjoyment

The road is paved all the way but it is very narrow and has a number of very tight twist-backs. The speed limit varies from 15-30 mph and we spent about 90 minutes to complete the 22 miles, due to the number of sightseeing stops. We drove the road in the last week of September and we were literally all by ourselves on the road, meeting about 4 other vehicles on the entire route. About halfway through, the dense forest opened up on the east side and a large meadow area was literally full of deer out grazing in the deep grass.

Tourism Opportunities

A must stop for either lunch/supper or a drink is at the ***Legs Inn in Cross Village. This is an old rustic cabin-style restaurant made of field stone, drift wood and old large logs and lit with warm amber lighting inside that just makes you feel good the moment you walk through the front door. Legs Inn serves a variety of items but they specialize in Polish ethnic foods and I will tell you that they are absolutely fantastic. We stopped for supper at about 6:00pm and when we finished we walked through their garden backyard overlooking Lake Michigan and watched the beautiful sunset over the lake. Dec 2013 Update: Amy with the Good Hart General Store graciously provided MotorcycleRoads.com with a link to a very nice official Tunnel of Trees Commemorative Map that was a cooperative effort between all the businesses along the road.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - ** Video of the road provided by "JGW" below.

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Guest
March 3, 2011
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As many others have said this is a very nice stretch of scenery and curves. Some are very tight so it may not be for you if you like to take them at speed. Watch for cars, deer and bicycles all wanting your lane. If it fits your schedule also try M22 between Manistee and Northport.
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July 13, 2010
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I you are in the area this is a must route. It is second to Tail of the Dragon. Narrow road with lots of curves and covered with trees. I have done both and this is a close second. You have to stop in Good Hart General Store. They have everything, Deli, Bakery, Wine, Beer, Post Office, and anything else you would want. The have fantastic sandwiches. You have to try one. If you are going to Gross Village and like polish food the Legs Inn is a must. Very nice place.
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August 15, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Nice ride along the shoreline. Lots of turns, but slow going. Might not be too fun on a rainy late fall day when the leaves are dropping and wet. Be careful on the south end, I missed the turn off to 119 the first time I went. Fun little section of road, very scenic and peaceful.
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