Fall Color Change 2021

Updated: 11/4/2021 (Last Update)

The color didn’t take long to change this past week as the cold and clouds made a big difference.  Since the U.P. is well Past Peak, Our forecast is focused on the Lower Peninsula.

Fall ColorsInland locations of the Lower Peninsula are generally Past Peak. I’m sure there are some areas still Peaking but they are getting harder to find.

So where do you need to go for the best color? Head to the lake shores! I highly recommend US-31, Old Mission Peninsula, M-22 as well as M-119 (Tunnel of Trees).  Even if your area is Past Peak, you can still take a hike and check out the color change in the forest. Many areas still have plenty of leaves on the trees with good color still the come.

Overall Color: This season’s color remains limited with bright yellow and gold the dominant theme. Reds are around but certainly not as abundant as years past.  The nice thing is when you see a good red, it really sticks out!




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

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