Pure Michigan Fall Color Update – October 18 – 25, 2019
A full palette of colors are cascading throughout Michigan this fall, and it’s the perfect time to experience Mother Nature in her most beautiful state.
Michigan’s annual fall color show is on the move. All of Marquette County is bursting with peak color! Hike or bike along the acclaimed Noquemanon Trail Network in North or South Marquette to take in the fall splendor before warming up at one Marquette County’s seven (and counting!) craft breweries.
In the Eastern Upper Peninsula, most trees are in full color range reporting 75-100 percent change. Deep reds and bright yellows prevail with minimal green foliage remaining.
Chippewa County’s fall foliage is nearing its glory with 51–75% peak conditions. Now is the perfect time to experience the area’s amazing fall show. Mackinac Island—bordering lakes Huron and Superior—is still running behind other UP communities. Peak color is expected to reach the island in one to two weeks.
NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
In and around the Charlevoix area, visitors will find great color driving along C-48 from Boyne Falls to Atwood through the small towns along the way. Another great route is from Boyne Falls along M-75 to Boyne City. Reds and oranges are particularly bold and leaf retention is reported to be very good. Peak color is one or two weeks.
The colors throughout the Grand Traverse Bay region are becoming more pronounced near the shoreline, creating a beautiful contrast of reds and golds against the blue bay. Grab a hot coffee downtown and enjoy the festive storefronts, then walk down to Clinch Park and enjoy leaf peeping among the area’s stunning fall foliage. For those visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, be sure to swing into Gallagher’s Farm Market on M-72 for a pumpkin donut and cider. Peak color is expected in one or two weeks.
Manistee County is seeing purples, reds and golds around the Manistee National Forest. Wellston area color is starting to peak as well. Inland color is turning quicker than coastal color. Peak conditions for this area as well as the Petoskey area are one or two weeks away.
NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
The Grayling area is mostly past peak. However, there are still pockets of predominately yellows and oranges and a mix of reds remaining. If you happen to be in Crawford County this weekend, heading southeast is your best bet to experience area color. Hartwick Pines State Park is also a great destination for a crisp fall afternoon with the family.
WEST CENTRAL LOWER PENINSULA
The trees in the greater Holland area are just beginning to turn. Mount Pleasant, White Lake, Hart, the area around the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and the Holland area are all reporting to be about one week away from peak viewing color. With its state parks, trails and nature preserves, the area is the ideal destination for a family RV color excursion.
EAST CENTRAL LOWER PENINSULA
Throughout Alcona County, the maples are red and orange, mingled with some combinations of chartreuse, yellow and tangerine. The forests and hills near Hubbard Lake lead to miles of jewel-colored woodlands and great views of the lake. The area has passed peak, but nature enthusiasts can still enjoy a leisurely drive down the back roads, biking or hiking through Hartwick Pines State Park, or taking in the riverside colors while canoeing down the AuSable and Manistee rivers.
Seemingly overnight, the yellows and reds of fall have arrived in Frankenmuth. With the recent burst of cooler air comes the changing of the trees. The splendor of fall color along the Lake Huron shoreline will captivate outdoor enthusiasts and paddle sports fans. Other highlights include state parks, farm markets and antique shops. Peak color is nearly here—just one to two weeks away!
SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
South Haven and other Southwest Michigan communities are starting to display stunning reds, oranges and yellows. Area color tours include cider mills, u-pick farms, roadside markets, wineries and quiet hiking trails. Peak conditions are expected in one to two weeks.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Ann Arbor colors are filling in and leaves are beginning to fall. Try to spot a golden yellow maple tree among the brilliant shades overtaking the area. After a day of fall color excursions, head to Ypsilanti for an evening of illuminated excitement at a Highland Cemetery Lantern Tour.
For a dose of Michigan history with your fall color tour, follow old Indian trails and territorial roads – discover an early tavern, a battlefield, the hometown of an infamous general, and even a winery or two. The colors along the mostly two-lane highway route are usually best from mid-to-late October
Livingston, Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw counties are still one to two weeks away from peak, reporting 25-50 percent color change currently.