When cool, short days bring brilliant foliage, experience the best that autumn has to offer—head out for a hike, bike or drive.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (906/885-5275; www.porcupinemountains.com).
The Konteka Black Bear Resort (906/885-5170; www.thekonteka.com).
Henry’s Never Inn (906/886-9910).
Mountain View Lodges (906/885-5256; www.mountainviewlodges.com).
Pere Marquette Rail Trail (989/835-4971; www.co.midland.mi.us/departments/extra.php?id=21&pid=587).
Ray’s Bike Shop (989/835-1691; www.raysbike.com).
Alex’s Railside Restaurant (989/687-2880).
Cops and Doughnuts (989/386-2241; www.copsdoughnuts.com).
The H Hotel (989/839-0500; www.thehhotel.com).
Wilderness State Park (231/436-5381; www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=509).
Pond Hill Farm (231/526-3276; www.pondhill.com).
Legs Inn (231/526-2281; www.legsinn.com).
Boyne Highlands (800/462-6963 or 231/526-3000; www.boyne.com).
More Hiking and Biking
Grand Island National Recreation Area
Travel the 23-mile perimeter of Grand Island with two wheels or two feet. The trail offers stunning views of coastline and brief detours for exploring (906/387-2512; www.grandislandmi.com).
Hartwick Pines State Park
Old Growth Pines—up to 300 years old—cover 49 acres of the park. Meander any of the park’s six hiking and biking trails for an up-close view (989/348-7068; www.michigandnr.com).
Thirty-four miles of crushed limestone stretches from Kalamazoo to South Haven. Pedal or tread over seven bridges, through a marsh, along lengthy stretches of farmland and tunnels of trees (269/637-2788; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast
Looking for a getaway? This secluded B&B is the perfect escape. Hike hand in hand with that special someone along the winding trails throughout the wooded estate (888/673-8054; www.castleinthecountry.com).
Jordan River Pathway
Stroll along the Jordan River, Michigan’s first Wild and Scenic River. The Jordan River Pathway loops around 18 miles of Mackinaw State Forest with a walk-in campsite at the midway point (989/732-3541; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
Sandy Hook Nature Trail
In Tawas Point State Park, the Sandy Hook Nature Trail spans 2 miles near Tawas Point Lighthouse. Meadows of wildflowers, rolling dunes and a fox den dot the sandy trail (989/362-5041; www.michigan.gov/tawaspoint).
Lake Huron Sunrise Trail
Along the shore of Lake Huron 11 miles of paved trail connects Rogers City to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse and passes through the Herman Vogler Conservation Area and P.H. Hoeft State Park (989/734-2535; www.us23heritageroute.org).
North Central State Trail
From Gaylord to Mackinaw City, this rail trail encompasses 62 miles of breathtaking views including the quick winding Sturgeon River, a pine and hardwood forest and deep Mullett Lake (989/732-3541; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
For More Information, contact:
Clare County Convention & Visitors Bureau (989/386-6400 or 800/233-1359; www.clarecountycom).
Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (231/845-5430 or 877/420-6618; www.pureludington.com).
Midland County Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (989/839-9775 or 888/464-3526; www.visitgreatlakesbay.org).
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau (800/845-2828 or 231/348-2755; www.petoskeyarea.com).
Porcupine Mountains Ontonagon Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (906/884-2047; www.porcupinemountains.com).
Saginaw Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (989/752-7164 or 800/444-9979; www.visitgreatlakesbay.org).