Parks & Preserves

Parks & Preserves

We are fortunate here in Copper Harbor to live among so much scenic beauty and unique natural wonders.
Please enjoy these areas and cherish them as the treasures they are.

Copper Harbor Playground

The nature inspired playground at the Copper Harbor School, adjacent to the Grant Township Park, is the only one of its kind in the Upper Peninsula! Keeping with the family friendly and natural atmosphere of Copper Harbor, the playground blends into its surrounding environment, making it a place where children and families gather.

There are two sections; one for kids ages 2 to 5 and one for 5 to 12 year olds. Included in the equipment are multiple slides, climbing rings, a dome and swings. This is a state of the art, accessible, inspired by nature play space that promotes healthy, imaginative play.

Location: Copper Harbor School, adjacent to the Grant Township Park

Hunter’s Point Park

Level: Easy

An absolute favorite special spot in the area, Hunter’s Point is one of the few “flat” areas around and allows for an easy hike or snowshoe along both the Lake Superior and Harbor shores. There are 2 Trail-heads to Hunter’s Point Park. One is just left of the boat launch at the Copper Harbor Marina and the other is further west of the marina with signs leading the way down North Coast Shores Road, which will take you to a parking area and a handicap accessible viewing boardwalk.

There are great birding opportunities on the point, especially during migration. Flora is abundant; wildflowers, lichen, mosses and cedars, hardwoods and pines. The geological formations are special on the point. The basalt in this area is the oldest rock on earth-essentially, the earth’s crust. It’s like a window to the past.
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Township Park

The park is located in the center of town and is a great place to picnic or just hang for awhile among the cedars. The public is welcome to use the park for day use only. There is no camping or overnight parking allowed.

Horseshoe Harbor

Level: Easy

This preserve, protected by the Nature Conservancy, is a beautiful and geologically interesting area. It is a short walk through the woods emerging along the Lake Superior shoreline. Horseshoe is located a couple miles east of Copper Harbor on the same shoreline. There is a large basalt outcropping that allows a great vista for viewing Lake Superior. The woodland birds are abundant with many nesting warblers and other songbirds. Bald eagles are often seen soaring along the shoreline while Common Loons pass by. In the evenings, enjoy the Hermit Thrush whose beautiful song can be heard nightly in summer.

Learn More: Mary McDonald Preserve at Horseshoe Harbor

Bare Bluff

Level: Difficult Areas

Bare Bluff is located in the Russell and Miriam Grinnell Memorial Nature Sanctuary, owned by the Michigan Nature Association.

Take in a breath of Pure Michigan’s purist air from the top of this spectacular 588 ft lookout – vista views span 180 degrees from Manitou Island to Keweenaw Point to Bete Gris and Point Isabelle. Approximately a 3-mile hike, which includes a moderately difficult 300 ft climb, the Bare Bluff sanctuary is a geological masterpiece. A flourishing forest, rare plant community and popular migration spot for raptors, makes this a favorite hiking destination. Learn more and get directions here: Michigan Nature Association

Estivant Pines

Level: Moderate

This sanctuary, protected by the Michigan Nature Association, is one of the most popular hiking and snowshoeing in the Keweenaw. Located 2.5 miles south of Copper Harbor, this trail system is a great way to spend an afternoon. The trails consist of 2 loops; the Memorial and the Cathedral. Some of the trees are so big that 2 people can’t touch hands around one! There are numerous unusual plants and flowers as well as countless mushrooms to find. Pack a lunch and enjoy the grandeur and quiet of one of Michigan’s last stands of old growth white pine. Trails are narrow and hilly in spots and there are many roots to navigate.

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