Peak Color for October 20, 2017

With last week’s rain and high winds, many communities across Michigan are reporting peak or near peak conditions for the coming weekend. Where color is still vibrant, there are a multitude of ways to experience the season at its best.
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UPPER PENINSULA
Hurry up if you are planning a fall color tour of the Porcupine Mountains and the Western Upper Peninsula. This will probably be the last weekend to see the area’s annual fall color show.
 
Ontonagon County, Newberry and Luce County communities are reporting 76-100 percent color development and are near or at peak color now.


Sault Ste. Marie andthe  Eastern Upper Peninsula communities are reporting 51-75 percent. Some of the best places to see the fall foliage would be the Cut River Bridge’s forested river valley west of St. Ignace, Pictured Rocks along Lake Superior in Munising, or Tahquamenon Falls in Paradise. You really can’t go wrong with color viewing once you cross the Mighty Mac. 
 
St. Ignace is less than one week away from peak. This weekend, viewers will find good color throughout the woods and forest surrounding the area. Now is the perfect season to take a hike in the Hiawatha National Forest, which has over 30 varieties of trees.
 
Fall color on Mackinac Island continues to be a little behind this year. However, you should find close-to-peak color this weekend on the island--and the color will likely last through the weekend of October 28 29. The Mackinac Island Halloween festivities will take place Saturday, October 28, so you can enjoy the fall color and take part in the extravagant Halloween celebrations on the island.
 


NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Trees along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Benzie County, although not yet at peak, provide a beautiful drive along M-22. As you move farther in from the lake, the colors are more defined and should be at peak in the next week. Even though colors are a bit behind, there are still a lot of great fall activities including chairlift rides at Crystal Mountain and the Frankfort Film Festival October 19-22.
 
The color in the Manistee National Forest (off of M-55) is in its early to mid-stages with bright yellow and orange tones mixed into a sea of lush evergreen foliage.  Color closer to the coast of Lake Michigan (along M-22), has just begun to transform the landscape and is providing a fantastic foreground to the vast expanse of water. Stop by the Douglas Valley Winery any Saturday or Sunday in October for hayrides, fresh cider and donuts to take advantage of the full spirit of fall. If you're looking for a little thrill amongst your scenic views, stop by the Haunted Ghost Ship,S.S. City of Milwaukee (off of US-31) in town any weekend evening in October for a sure scare!
 
For the Cadillac area, fall color is hitting peak currently, especially on Route 2 from Cadillac to Mesick, and Route 4 from Cadillac through Lake City and Manton.  The southern route from Cadillac through Briston and Tustin will reach peak this coming weekend through early next week.   Harvest festivities are in full swing with pumpkins, squash and corn mazes in full color and capturing smiles.  To see some amazing photos taken by area locals, visit Explore Cadillac or for color routes, events and other great seasonal highlights, visit the Cadillac fall page for more information.
 
Charlevoix and Mason counties,as well as most other communities of the Northwest Lower Peninsula will reach peak in one to two more weeks.
 


NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Plan a 200-mile color tour of the Northwest Lower Peninsula. Known as the Michigan’s Sunrise Coast, the route travels from Lake Huron's shore to a stunning stand of virgin forest, with lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing along the way. The Alpena, Gaylord, Mio fall excursion will take you past lighthouses, state parks and breathtaking scenic routes.  The tour will also explore local culture,local flavor and an abundance of color of many varieties. 

Grayling is reporting sunny and warm temperatures, along with stunning color development and is currently at peak. Color saturation in and around the Gaylord Area area is at 65-80 percent. The region should see peak conditions in less than one week.
 


WEST CENTRAL LOWER PENINSULA
Since the Holland area experenced heavy rains over the weekend, local color is beginning to advance more quickly. If touring the aea, you'll want to check out the Sanctuary Woods Preserve and Van Raalte Farm, whci are expected to have good color this weekend.  When planning your Holland area visit, be sure to check out the area’s fall color tour route.

For the area around the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, color development inland from Lake Michigan, along Oceana Drive and all country roads is developing nicely. However, color along Lake Michigan byways is still running a bit behind.

The Mount Pleasant Area is reporting 51-75% with near peak conditions for the coming weekend. Whitehall and other communities throughout Muskegon County iare reporting 26-50%, with peak color expected to arrive in less than two weeks.
 


EAST CENTRAL LOWER PENINSULA
The Great Lakes Bay Region-- Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland and Saginaw-- is very close to peak. Driving along I-75, you'll notice stunning shades bronze, yellow and red sprinkled about area trees. While in the area, viewers will also find good color among the region’s golf courses, biking and hiking trails and its scenic landscape. After a day of color touring, be sure to check out the region’s thriving beer scene.
 
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This weekend, viewers will find good color and natural beauty at the region’s Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge with its over 9,400 acres of bottomland-hardwood forests and 12 miles of biking and hiking trails.
 
The County Road Association of Michigan recommends a number of especially colorful local roads for a Mid-Michigan fall color tour throughout Clinton and Barry counties. This region will reach peak color in one to two weeks.


SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
The rain this past weekend brought down some of the leaves; but, there is plenty color left on the trees. Come spend a weekend in Coldwater Country, ride the steam engine color train, catch a show at the local opera house, check out the corn maze or walk the historic walking tour to catch the beauty of fall. Visit Coldwater Country to plan your next trip!

Van Buren County is one to two weeks away from peak conditions.  If you’re in the area this weekend, you’ll find the maples around the community of Glenn, especially along 68th Street, will provide some of the area’s best color.  

Meander your way through u-pick farms and farm markets sprinkled throughout  St. Joseph, Three Oaks, Berrien Springs Benton Harbor and Baroda for stunning color now through the end of OctoberPick up pumpkins, squash, corn stalks, gourds and your favorite wine and craft beer.  This rich agricultural region has been call one of the top 10 destinations in the U.S. to view fall foliage.

With most communities reporting 26-50 percent color saturation, peak conditions for Southwestern Michigan will reach the area within the next one to two weeks.
 

SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Color continues to development throughout the Capitol City area along backroads, parks, nature preserves and area gardens. A visit to Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns is well worth a Saturday afternoon excursion. Learn how cider is made or check out the bakery. Before you leave, be sure to visit the gift shop, sample local wines in their tasting room, or take a leisure stroll through the over 1.5 mile groomed nature trail. Peak for this area is still one to two weeks away.

Peak color has almost arrived in Ann Arbor! Trees vary from green to yellow, with some hinting at red and orange. The Dexter-Huron and Hudson Mills Metroparks are a great place to meander through the trees and along the Huron River. Cider mills and orchards are the most popular fall attraction in the Ann Arbor area (except perhaps for Michigan Football!). Locals recommend Wiard's, Wasem Fruit Farm and Alber Orchards.

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The maples in Southeast Michigan’s community of Belleville are beginning to show their fall splendor in hues of crimson and gold against a backdrop of green.
 
The remaining Lower Peninsula Southeastern counties are experiencing hints of color and will reach peak conditions in one to two more weeks as Mother Nature continues to make a colorful sweep through the state.

 

The perfect Michigan scenic fall tour awaits—plan your trip today!

 
FallcolorMAPweek4_1.jpgUse the fall peak-season map and the current fall-color report to guide you toward the best time to take a Pure Michigan fall getaway.  Look through the Michigan Fall Color Tours on michigan.org to help plan a route whether your interests lie in urban fun or in nature, away from the hustle and bustle.
 
With thousands of miles of trails all across Michigan, fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore our diverse terrains and abundant ecosystems. We invite you to explore some of autumn’s best trails and adventures, handpicked by experts who call Michigan’s public land their backyard.

As you’re wheeling around the state this fall, you should consider checking out some Awesome Urban Bike Trails. While many might think of bike trails as back-woods, there are some that are just outside of your favorite downtown. 

Join the scenic routes of three adventure travelers as they journey across Michigan to uncover the beauty, the bounty and the flavor of the fall season.
 
 
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Events near this Week's Peak Color

 
 
ZooBoo
Now thru October 29
Battle Creek
Binder Park Zoo 
 
Fresh Coast Film Festival
October 19-22
Marquette
 
Spirits of the River Raisin
October 21
Monroe
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
 
Murder Mystery Dinner
October 27
Hickory Corners
 
ypsiGLOW
October 27
Ypsilanti
Downtown Ypsilanti
 
9th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival
October 27-28
Detroit
Eastern Market
 
Haunted Trail
October 27-28
Whitehall 
 
Boos, Brews, and Brats
October 28
Manistee
Castle Farms