Upper Peninsula Fall 2020 Road Trip Part 1 - Keweenaw Peninsula, Copper Harbor & Western UP!

Every year we go on a road trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to chase the fall colors and honestly, it’s always my favorite trip of the year! This year we headed all the way to start our trip in the most northern point in Michigan, Copper Harbor and the Keweenaw Peninsula!


Fort Wilkins State Park

We usually like to find free dispersed camping spots when car camping, but the first few spots we checked out when we got there were taken so we ended up paying for a campsite at Fort Wilkins State Park for the first night.

Exploring The Backroads of Copper Harbor

The next morning we were determined to find a dispersed camping spot. And sure enough, just a few miles away from our paid campground we found a ton of public land and found a spot to camp for the night! 

Exploring Brockway Mountain

One of the most popular locations in all of the Keweenaw Peninsula is Brockway Mountain, but for good reason! I was absolutely blown away and we spent almost the entire day driving around and finding different vantage points. There is plenty of room to pull off all over the mountain and look from the lookouts or I suggest going for a hike and finding a new perspective!

Eagle River Falls

Then we drove down the coast going south on M-26 and came across a TON of waterfalls.. we only stopped Eagle River Falls but if we had more time I would have loved to check them all out!

Quincy Mine

We started to make our way south towards the Porcupine Mountains and we made a pit stop at the Quincy Mine! This place is massive and you could probably spend a whole day exploring this old mine. We only walked a small portion of the property, but it's all open fto the public and to photography and exploring! 

The Porcupine Mountains - Lake of the Clouds

The porcupine mountains are a must-see, especially in the fall. The lake of the cloud overlook gives you an amazing view of the valley lake, and even the river without having to hike far at all. But there are also multiple hikes you can do and you can also backcountry camp at a number of campsites and even old rustic cabins. Definitely hoping to do that next year!

Bond Falls

Not far from the Porcupine Mountains you will find Bond Falls, one of my favorite waterfalls in all of Michigan! This is another must-see in the area, and if you guys do visit make sure you go to the top of the waterfall! 

Agate Falls

Just down the road from Bond falls is Agate Falls. It's a beautiful waterfall that I had never seen before this trip, and now I know why. There is small walk to a viewing platform but you can't really see the waterfall. So warning: you might not be able to see the waterfall unless you have a drone or if there's another way to see it that I missed!