Experience Michigan’s Fall Colors

By: Lauren Corbat | October 10, 2022

Michigan, with its rows of trees and rolling hills as you head north, is a great place for viewing a beautiful range of fall colors. The season always starts with the leaves turning in the Upper Peninsula and slowly works its way down to Detroit. Read on to find out the best times and places to soak in all nature has to offer…

October 3rd is right around when the colors are predicted to peak in the Upper Peninsula. That may seem fast, but remember how quickly it gets cold up there in the winter! The first or second weekend in October would be a great time to head up there if you want to view fall colors in a true wilderness setting. A great space to check out is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, MI. Hikes in this area are full of trees, which are sure to be beautiful colors this time of year, as well as have views over Lake Superior. Pack warm clothes as the high temperatures are in the upper 40s, even midday. While you are in town, there is a small local coffee shop called Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore that is great for warming up after a long day outside. 

If you aren’t looking to venture quite so far north, Traverse City and the surrounding areas are expected to keep their colors until mid-October. Traverse City State Park is great to visit if you want to stay overnight in the city but also have a spot to venture out to see the fall colors near the water. Traverse City itself also has many great restaurants and shops to explore. Stop into Taproot Cider House to round off your day of celebrating everything fall. 

If you want to wait just a bit longer, the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is predicted to be at its most spectacular in the second half of October. Parks in the Metro Detroit that have plenty of trees to enjoy are Maybury State Park in Northville and Kensington Metropark in Milford. Both spots are great for walking and biking and they have paved paths if you are pushing a stroller or a wheelchair. Maybury State Park even has a farm with a petting zoo and local honey for sale. It is a great spot to check out if you have little ones that love animals. 

Whether you're going out on a fishing trip, discovering new hiking spots, or heading out for a weekend of camping, the Trailblazer is an ideal companion for your active lifestyle.

Remember that these forecasts are predictions and can vary based on the weather. To get up-to-date information on the status of fall colors around the state check out the Pure Michigan newsletter here to receive updates. Happy Fall!