The Best Parks To Watch Fall Colors In Michigan

With fall in the air, we are about to be greeted with a magnificent display by mother nature. This is the time of year when our nearly twenty million acres of natural forest erupt in a show of color. Visitors from all over the country descend on Michigan just to witness the change of seasons and many small businesses depend on the tourism it generates. As a Michigander, you are lucky enough to have access to all these wonderful places. Here is a list of some of our favorite places to watch the fall colors in Michigan.

Leelanau State Park 

Located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, Leelanau State Park features over 1,500 acres of nature for you to explore. Driving up the peninsula in the fall is an experience in itself. The road is lined with hundreds of acres of untouched forest that explode with color in the fall. While you are there, check out the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, the rustic campground which features three mini cabins, 8.5 miles of hiking/skiing trails, and a picnic area. Walk along the stunning shoreline and you might be lucky enough to find a Petoskey stone.

Ludington State Park

Located on Michigan’s west coast between Muskegon and Manistee, Ludington State Park is the perfect place for your fall color tour. The hidden gem of Ludington is famous for its sand dunes, beaches, and rustic campgrounds. Take some family photos at the iconic Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse and explore miles of virgin wetlands, marshlands, and forests. The park is nestled between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several beautiful miles of pristine shoreline along both lakes. In the fall, the area is visited by people from all over the country to witness the breathtaking display of our trees. 

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls in Paradise, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula is a spectacular year-round natural wonder. But in the fall this natural oasis transforms into showers of red and orange offering some of the greatest photo opportunities in the state. You can hike along the many trails here and view untouched nature in all its glory.

Whitefish Point

If you travel north from Tahquamenon Falls you’ll come to the little town of Whitefish Point that juts out into the icy waters of Lake Superior. Whitefish Point is famous for its more than 200 shipwrecks located in the vicinity which is how it got its name: Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast.

When fall arrives you can experience small-town charm amidst the exploding reds, yellows, and oranges. While you’re there, check out the Whitefish Point Lighthouse and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum where visitors can see dramatic shipwreck legends come to life. The many artifacts tell the stories of brave sailors and ships that have gone down on Lake Superior. Visitors can even see the bell of the most famous shipwreck in the lake, Edmund Fitzgerald.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Moving west from Whitefish Point you’ll run into one of Michigan’s most scenic natural wonders, Pictured Rocks. The park offers breathtaking views of pine tree-topped marble cliffs that drop straight down into Lake Superior. The views are best enjoyed from a boat or kayak so you can take in the entire landscape. In the fall these cliffs explode in a background of red, yellow, and orange making for an unforgettable experience.

The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Continuing west from Pictured Rocks you’ll arrive at Porcupine Mountains State Park. Tucked away in the far western corner of the U.P. This hidden wonder is filled with year-round adventures like hiking, camping, kayaking, and skiing. Come fall, this enormous park is one of the best places to view fall colors in the state. Far from the hustle and bustle of any big city, the Porcupine Mountains are a hidden gem every Michigander should experience at least once.

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