October 07, 2022

Spectacular Michigan hikes to enjoy this fall as the leaves change colors

Fall is the season where we see just how beautiful Michigan is, and the changing of the leaves gives us the colors we don’t get to see any other time of year.

These spots in Michigan are perfect for pictures, hiking, and gawking at Mother Nature’s awesomeness.

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Copper Harbor
Located along Lake Superior, Copper Harbor offers nature trails and beautiful fall views of the lake and mountains.
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Copper Harbor

Located along Lake Superior, Copper Harbor offers nature trails and beautiful fall views of the lake and mountains.
Rosy Mound Natural Area
13925 Lakeshore Ave., Grand Haven
Rosy Mound Natural Area is a dune system in Ottawa county. The area features a 0.7 mile nature trail that includes not only colorful fall tree views, but scenic views of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
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Rosy Mound Natural Area

13925 Lakeshore Ave., Grand Haven


Rosy Mound Natural Area is a dune system in Ottawa county. The area features a 0.7 mile nature trail that includes not only colorful fall tree views, but scenic views of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Sault Ste. Marie
The odds of you pronouncing Sault Ste. Marie incorrectly is incredibly high if you're not from Michigan, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy all that this upper peninsula has to offer.
Billy Wilson/ Flickr Creative Commons

Sault Ste. Marie

The odds of you pronouncing Sault Ste. Marie incorrectly is incredibly high if you're not from Michigan, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy all that this upper peninsula has to offer.

Barton Nature Area
1010 W. Huron Dr, Ann Arbor; 734-794-6230
There are places for picnics, trails for hiking, and trees for admiring at Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor. The 98-acre park is located on the Huron River and offers scenic views of its land.
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Barton Nature Area

1010 W. Huron Dr, Ann Arbor; 734-794-6230

There are places for picnics, trails for hiking, and trees for admiring at Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor. The 98-acre park is located on the Huron River and offers scenic views of its land.
Middleville
This small Grand Rapids suburb, located in the Thornapple River Valley, is home to numerous trails and parks that are the perfect destination for a fall road trip.
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Middleville

This small Grand Rapids suburb, located in the Thornapple River Valley, is home to numerous trails and parks that are the perfect destination for a fall road trip.

Sleeping Bear
Empire
Sleeping Bear Dunes might be popular for ATV riding in the summer, but a hike along the trails in fall offer beautiful views of the changing season.
Jim Sorbie / Flickr Creative Commons

Sleeping Bear

Empire

Sleeping Bear Dunes might be popular for ATV riding in the summer, but a hike along the trails in fall offer beautiful views of the changing season.

Traverse City
If Michigan had a version of The Hamptons, it would be Traverse City. While we might enjoy Traverse City in the summer (and occasionally get wine drunk there), Traverse City has beautiful views of mountains and trees making it ideal for fall colors.
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Traverse City

If Michigan had a version of The Hamptons, it would be Traverse City. While we might enjoy Traverse City in the summer (and occasionally get wine drunk there), Traverse City has beautiful views of mountains and trees making it ideal for fall colors.
Seven Lakes State Park
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While Seven Lakes State Park may have 230-acres of water in the area, that doesn’t mean it’s lacking other scenic views. The state park offers camping, hiking, and of course views of the forest.
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Seven Lakes State Park

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While Seven Lakes State Park may have 230-acres of water in the area, that doesn’t mean it’s lacking other scenic views. The state park offers camping, hiking, and of course views of the forest.
University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum
1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor; 734-647-7600
In the spring, you can enjoy the full bloom of peonies that the Nichols Arboretum (aka The Arb) has to offer. But in the fall, you can catch some cool colors while hiking through the park.
Abhishek Chinchalkar/ Flickr Creative Commons

University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum

1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor; 734-647-7600

In the spring, you can enjoy the full bloom of peonies that the Nichols Arboretum (aka The Arb) has to offer. But in the fall, you can catch some cool colors while hiking through the park.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Ontonagon
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is the largest state park in Michigan. There's nothing sticky about Porcupine Mountains, the views and trails are lovely.
James Marvin Phelps/ Flickr Creative Commons

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Ontonagon

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is the largest state park in Michigan. There's nothing sticky about Porcupine Mountains, the views and trails are lovely.