The leaves are changing, Friday nights are for football and warm pumpkin spice lattes have replaced refreshing lemonade; fall is in the air. We now say goodbye to the hot days of a Michigan summer and welcome the cool flurry of fall.

To celebrate the changing of the seasons, we’ve gathered the best places to catch fall colors in the area. Witness the beautiful fall foliage however you’d like; by foot, water or wheels. Explore the Central Michigan area your way!

By foot…
Hike, skip or stroll through the area’s parks, preserves and college campus to experience fall in Central Michigan.


Central Michigan University’s Campus (Fire Up Chips!) 
Read: “Explore more than 1,000 acres of parkland in Isabella County” 


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Explore Mt. Pleasant parks for #NationalTakeAHikeDay! Thank you @_bergy for sharing this beautiful fall photo!#MtPleasantMI

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Chippewa Watershed Conservancy Preserves
Read: “Exploring Bundy Hill Preserve, the tallest point in Isabella County”
By water…
Paddle you way through the winding Chippewa River; rent canoes and kayaks at Buckley’s Mountainside Canoes and Chippewa River Outfitters. 
By wheels…
Drive through the ‘tunnel of trees’ near Mission Creek Woodland Park, grab friends for a day on the greens, take an afternoon drive heading north on Mission Road or bike through eight miles of trails at Deerfield Nature Park to see every shade of fall by wheel.


Tunnel of Trees
Golf Courses


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Warm days in October means Fall Golf in #centralmichigan . Beautiful colors @riverwood_989 #michigangolf

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Moving north
Bike Deerfield 


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Mondays call for a little adventure! Start the week right with a trip to an Isabella County park! ? @mjmtbchick #MtP100Days

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For the best view of fall colors in Central Michigan, visit mid October – look for updated peak dates this fall! Share your fall experiences with us, using #MeetMtP and tag @mtpleasantcvb!