If you haven’t noticed, the tri-county area and most of Michigan is beginning to peak with outdoor fall color.
With mild temperatures in the 60s expected in our area next week, it will be the perfect time to get outdoors and hike or ride bikes on some tree lined trails.
Last minute camping trips up north, shopping in small downtowns that dot the landscape across the state or taking a few remaining cruises in your boat or pontoon before they’re put in storage will provide ample opportunities to enjoy Michigan’s spectacular fall colors.
According to Michigan.org, right now is the perfect time to visit the Keweenaw to see the fall color show. The vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow have burst, with color becoming more spectacular every day. Enjoy panoramic views of the Keweenaw atop Brockway Mountain Drive or flow through tree-bough “tunnels” corridors for a secluded drive. Brockway Mountain Drive is consistently ranked as one of the top scenic drives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is a must-see fall drive. Other picturesque drives that you won’t want to miss are the Covered Drive, M-26, Sand Dune Drive, Covered Road, and South Shore.
Trees in and around Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Norway in the southern part of Dickinson County are popping with deep crimson and a mix of gold and bronze against a backdrop of fading green foliage. Peak conditions are expected to arrive in the next two weeks.
Jeff Nelson, formerly of Argentine Township, said the colors are best in the Upper Peninsula.
Bright reds and yellows can be seen on the hills of the Marquette County’s Michigamme Highlands. Visitors can walk or bike the Iron Ore Heritage Trail through vibrant forests in the historic towns of Ishpeming and Negaunee. Some stop for lunch at the Midtown Bakery & Cafe in Negaunee. Drive south along scenic M-35 to Gwinn, and stop at Towners Pastry & Chocolate Shoppe, a hidden gem with French pastries and chocolate made from scratch. Colors are more intense toward the interior and less, closer to Lake Superior.
Fall color is peaking in Northern Michigan. While the area is still enjoying a green backdrop, the trees are now covered with splashes of red, gold and orange.
Eric Ham, formerly of Fenton Township, said he and his family enjoy the Petoskey area. Specifically, he said they enjoy “the wineries, breweries, small shops, the wind coming from the bay, the water, the stars at night, the fresh air, family, etc.”
Fall is a perfect time to check out wineries along the Traverse Wine Coast and enjoy a glass on an outdoor patio — or to take a stroll along the beach and look for Petoskey stones and other beach gems. Plenty of outdoor dining options are still available too — so, visitors to the area can enjoy the tastes Traverse City is known for and make the most of these fall days. Northern Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay Region is about a week away from peak color.
Andy Serrels of Fenton Township said for fall color, you cannot beat the Tunnel of Trees on M-119 in Emmett County.
Fall color also is bursting in the Cadillac area, with most trees changing daily. The recent warmer days and evenings slowed down the color change to allow for visitors to make plans to experience the full array of yellow, gold, purple, red and oranges that cascade across the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Sheila Stone of Owosso said she and her family enjoy White Birch. “We are surrounded by all different types of trees and the colors are breathtaking,” she said.
The western side of the state is a popular destination. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes area, White Lake, Holland, South Haven, Muskegon and Mount Pleasant are reporting to be two to three weeks from peak conditions. Grayling, Gaylord and Oscoda anticipate the arrival of peak conditions in two weeks.
Visitors to the Flint and Genesee County area will find peak conditions to be two to three weeks away, when area golf courses, country roads, parks and orchards are expected to have great viewing opportunities.
Tina Hoffmeyer of Linden said, “Hubbard Lake. We have a home there and it is such a hidden gem in Michigan. In the fall, the colors are amazing around the lake.”
Even closer to home are relaxing drives down local dirt roads or through our tree-lined downtowns in Fenton, Linden and Holly.