Ahead of the storm on Seven Bridges Road, Duluth, Minnesota

Although there were earlier attempts to build a road through this part of Duluth, construction of what became today’s Seven Bridges Road began in 1899. The project was undertaken by Samuel Snively using his own funds. Snively (who would later become Duluth’s longest-serving mayor) hoped the road would shorten the route to his own home and provide jobs for the community. The route was rebuilt around 1910 and the remaining restored bridges date to that period.

bridge on 7 Bridges Road

Seven Bridges Road winds back and forth over Amity Creek along the way to Lake Superior. There are picturesque cascades and waterfalls along the road and hiking trails lead through the woods to even more of them.

sign along 7 Bridges Road

bridge on 7 Bridges Road

waterfall along 7 Bridges Road

path along 7 Bridges Road in Duluth

birch along 7 Bridges Road

bridge on 7 Bridges Road

waterfalls and bridges along 7 Bridges Road

Amity Creek along 7 Bridges Road

7 Bridges Road

bridge on 7 Bridges Road

path along 7 Bridges Road

flowers along 7 Bridges Road

waterfalls along 7 Bridges Road

We traveled the Seven Bridges Road (a portion of which is unpaved) by following the creek inland from Lake Superior, making brief stops along the way to enjoy the scenery. Our stops were brief because we were attempting to stay ahead of a massive summer storm. (It hit just as we were finishing our tour, chasing me from a waterfall I had climbed down to photograph.)

On a pleasant day, this is a good area to picnic and hike, although the city has yet to replace some pedestrian bridges and trails washed out during the record-breaking flood in 2012. (Fortunately the downpour that drenched us this summer was relatively short-lived and resulted in only a few briefly flooded downtown streets.)

See Zenith City for a history of the Seven Bridges Road and John Weeks for details on each bridge.

Exploring Minnesota’s North Shore

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