Fall Color Change 2020

Fall Colors

Updated: 10/19/2020 (Updated Weekly)

Have you been out to look at the colors yet? If not, better get out there this week! There is still plenty of color but leaves are falling quickly for inland areas. The best viewing for those inland is by taking a walk in the woods. The leaves on the outside are Past Peak but inside the forest, they are Peaking!

The Tunnel of Trees is Peaking and should last through the coming weekend! That’s about the same story for areas near the lakes. The colors are really popping around the Grand Traverse Region and down along the lakeshore. The yellows and oranges are are just spectacular! Soak up the color while it’s here because it won’t last much longer.

I recommend trips along M-22 and US-31 South of Benzonia. These areas have the best color around!

Here’s a list of color tours put together by the County Road Association of Michigan:

Fall Colors

Antrim County

  • Deadman Hill overlook off US-131 viewing Jordan River Valley
  • Jordan River Road off US-131
          • Pinney Bridge Road off M-66
  • Cascade Road off Alba Highway (CR 620)

Crawford County

  • CR101 looking north from CR100 (“Pioneer Hill”)

Emmet County

  • Mitchell Road from Fletcher Road to Cheboygan County line
  • Pleasantview Road from M-119 to Robinson Road
  • Robinson Road from State Road to Pleasantview Road
  • State Road from Harbor Springs to Cross Village
  • Stutsmanville Road from Pleasantview to W. Townline, then W. Townline Road north
  • Brutus Road from Pleasantville Road to US-31
  • Tunnel of Trees – M-119
  • Williams Road from US-131 to Resort Pike Road
  • Resort Pike Road from Williams Road to Indian Garden Road

Leelanau County

  • North Eagle Highway
  • Newman Road
  • Port Oneida Road
  • Gills Pier Road
  • Schomberg Road

Mason County

  • Lakeshore Drive from Oceana Drive to Iris Road
  • Hawley from Pere Marquette Highway to Walhalla Road
  • South Masten Road to Washington Road and the Ruby Creek area
  • North Lakeshore Drive along Hamlin Lake
  • Custer Road from Hogue Road to US-10

Montmorency County

  • Pleasant Valley Road
  • Farrier Road
  • Carter Road
  • Meridian Line Road

Presque Isle County

  • Long Lake Highway from M-65 into Alpena County
  • E-634 Highway from Polaski Road west to Lake May Road
  • W-638 Highway Ocqueoc Road from Walker Highway to North Allis Highway from Ocqueoc Road west to M-211.

Wexford County

  • Fall Color Scenic Routes, all starting from downtown Cadillac
    • Route 1:  Around the Lakes (20 miles)
    • Route 2:  Northwest to Mesick (63 miles)
    • Route 3:  Southwest to Hoxeyville/Luther/Briston (64 miles)
    • Route 4:  Northeast to Lake City/Manton (32 miles)

In the U.P.: (Compiled from UPtravel.com)

  • Take US-2 West towards Rapid River
  • Munising to Seney to Grand Marais back to Munising
  • Newberry to Whitefish Pt.
  • Newberry to Deer Park to Grand Marais to Seney back to Newberry
  • Brimley to Eckerman to Paradise back toward Whitefish Road then to Bay Mills along the lake.
  • St. Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie to Pickford to Stalwart to Detour Village to Cedarville back to St. Ignace