With cooler temperatures fall is a good time to hit Michigan’s miles of recreational trails, whether you’re up for a heart-pumping backcountry hike, mountain bike challenge, off-road adventure, or prefer a smoother path for a casual hike, bicycle, or horseback ride. It’s prime paddling time, too, on inland lakes, rivers, or the Great Lakes.
State parks and campgrounds are open for picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating and just enjoying a campfire and the star-filled skies. Several State Parks host Halloween and harvest-themed events for fall campers on weekends through October; don’t miss the Haunted Lighthouse Weekend at Tawas State Park on Lake Huron October 14-16.
Many of Michigan’s more than 800 golf courses tend their greens until the snow flies. Some golfers even prefer the season for the smaller crowds and choice of tee times, the crisp, clear air, and the beauty of the fall landscape---not to mention special end-of-season golf packages and rates. A midweek deal at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa allows two days of unlimited golf on any of its championship courses and includes hotel lodging and breakfasts. The Perfect Foursome package based at Island Resort & Casino near Escanaba includes lodging and play at its Sweetgrass course plus rounds at TimberStone in Iron Mountain and Greywalls in Marquette.