Pure Michigan Fall Color Update – October 26, 2018
According to locals from Marquette County, “Gone are the leaves. Here are morning frosts that cover the bare branches in shimmering crystals. The morning sun thaws with its warmth and the evening moon shines on snow showers. The gales of November are soon approaching and Lake Superior is rolling tall waves towards shore, as if in anticipation. Still quiet punctuated only by the crunching of fallen leaves accompanies the brave adventurers who roam the hundreds of miles of hiking trails of Marquette County in this overlooked time of stark and serene beauty. When you emerge from the forests of white birch and deep green pine, warmth is easy to find in the many pubs, restaurants, and cafes of downtown Marquette.” Visitors to the area will find some leaves still along the coast, but the interior is quite bare, as peak color has already passed.
Sault Ste. Marie and the Eastern Upper Peninsula continue to have color, but the windy days are taking a toll on the fall foliage. Thankfully, the UP always offers a great experience! Tahquamenon Falls State Park is breathtaking and the amazing sight of giant freighters moving through the Soo Locks will continue to be an intriguing attraction until mid-January.
St. Ignace is approaching the end of peak right now, with maples and some other early turners already. Although Mackinac Island is at peak now, area trees are fast approaching past peak conditions.Overall, fall color is wrapping up for the 2018 season across the Upper Peninsula. This weekend would still be a great time to travel to see the colors, but time is running! But, you can always find a new adventure just north of the Mackinac Bridge.
Charlevoix is currently experiencing ideal color conditions—peak is here now. However, the Gaylord area has already passed peak.
This is the perfect weekend to head to the Alpena area. The drive up to the New and Old Presque Isle lighthouses is breathtaking! If you are looking for a moment to unplug, head to Norway Ridge Pathway for a quiet hike on the trails. The maples are blanketing the earth with beautiful color. You’ll see the area at its best this coming weekend—as peak color has overtaken the Alpena and Michigan’s North East Lower Peninsula.
Boosting the highest elevation in the lower mitt, the Cadillac area always hits peak a bit earlier than the coast and peak color has already passed. This past week, the area had up to 35-degree mornings with frost sparkling on the crimson and yellow horizon across the forest. This week, with temps in the mid-40s, brilliant color continues to develop. Soon, the ground will be ablaze with color as the leaves float to their winter resting place. For fascinating reading, check out the Science of Fall Color.
The vibrant show of autumn—with its reds, yellows and purples—has closed for the season in the Mount Pleasant area. But, it’s always a good time to view the colorful history of several local Native Americans tribes at the Ziibiwing Center. This coming week, you can also savor local spirits at area brewers and try your luck at the Soaring Eagle Casino.
Inland from Lake Michigan, the colors in Oceana County are at peak. The lakeshore should reach prime color within the next few days. This weekend, viewers will find peaking colors near New Rea around Lewis Farm Market and Country Dairy. Another promising viewing spot is Silver Lake State Park—especially along the Lake Michigan Shoreline.
Muskegon, Holland and Frankenmuth are at or near peak conditions. Visitors to these communities can check out area fall festivals, farm markets, breweries, wineries and local cultural institutions.
If you’re looking for a brilliant display of fall color, climb the nearly 300 steps of Mt. Baldhead in Saugatuck to for a birds-eye-view of the entire towns of Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll see a mix of stunning yellows and deep reds intermixed with the evergreens for a beautiful fall display. The area is anticipated to experience peak conditions in less than one week. Maples along the West Michigan Pike, gracing the Lake Michigan shoreline, are dressed in beautiful hues of yellow and red. Peak fall color will arrive in one to two weeks in Michigan’s Great Southwest!
The colors are beautiful in Ann Arbor– peak is here right now! This is a great time of year for a leisurely trip down Huron River Drive–either by car or by canoe or kayak–to see the peak foliage. Ann Arbor is known as “Tree Town.” Visiting the area in fall, you’ll see gorgeous autumn leaves everywhere–not just in parks outside the city. With hundreds of parks throughout the area, you’ll see the fall colors as you’re getting an early start on holiday shopping, as you’re taking your children or grandchildren trick-or-treating, and as you explore Ann Arbor’s museums and restaurants.