Pure Michigan Fall Color Update – September 15, 2023
Soon Michigan’s 19 million acres of forests will come alive with vibrant hues of orange, yellow and red, creating the perfect backdrop to fully immerse in the fresh sensations of fall—the colors will absolutely amaze you!
Get the pick of the season and the freshest apples and cider at local farms and orchards.
Celebrate the fresh flavors of the season with Short’s Pure Michigan Fall IPA with friends. Craft-brewed with all Michigan-sourced ingredients, the special fall release is available in select bars, restaurants and craft beer retailers throughout the state, find one here.
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Peak Color is Just Around the Corner
Visitors to the Upper Peninsula this weekend will find occasional maples bedazzled with bright reds around Escanaba, Newberry and surrounding areas. Hiking at Tahquamenon Falls State Park or Canada Lakes Pathway, or a fall walk on Lake Superior at Crisp Point Lighthouse or Whitefish Point are expected to offer brilliant color in the coming weeks. Viewers will also find stunning color at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park as well as driving along Brockway Mountain Drive between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor as in coming weeks. Most of the Upper Peninsula will peak in late September to early October.
According to meteorologist Tom O’Hara with 9&10 News, fall color has started in Northern Michigan! It is a little early, although for some areas the color has been slowly brightening the trees since late July due to the early summer heat and drought stressing the trees. Those that were impacted the most have distinctive color with some leaves already on the ground. The good news is most trees haven’t started changing. It is estimated that the region is in for an early to normal color change.
Higher elevations of the Lower Peninsula will peak late in September to mid-October. Areas closest to the Great Lakes will peak mid to late October. Leaf peepers are encouraged to keep in mind that there are always exceptions, especially in areas where trees were stressed by the summer weather.
Trails along the national scenic by-ways of the Sunrise Coast are beginning to show slight signs of color change – however, the area is still displaying mostly summer foliage.
Even though the leaves are still green in Southwest Michigan, it is a beautiful time of year to enjoy nature’s bounty of locally-grown fruits, vegetables and wine. Blue Star Highway (A-2) between South Haven and Saugatuck is a gorgeous area which is expected to offer some of the region’s best fall foliage as the season progresses.
Most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is reporting mostly summer-like foliage as peak conditions are still at least three to four weeks away.
Fall Harvest Celebration at a Park Near You
As temperatures begin to cool down and summer camping transitions into fall camping, a number of Michigan’s state parks and recreation areas are preparing to host fall harvest festivals. Load the kids in the car and venture out to a state parks for a variety of fall-themed, family-oriented activities like pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, interactive games, costume contests, Halloween parades and so much more.
Each park puts its own unique spin on the celebrations, so no two events are exactly the same. Many parks also have fall campsite availability. Below are just a few upcoming harvest festivals taking place at a state park near you. To see a full list of fall harvest festivals, visit Harvests and Haunts.
Exploring Michigan This Fall
From city festivals to quiet moments in nature, you’ll find autumn’s bounty overflows throughout the Great Lakes State. The fresh air, fun festivals, vibrant foliage and unparalleled views – fall in Michigan will transform the way you experience autumn. For some of our favorite seasonal things, check out 5 Reasons to Explore Michigan This Fall.