Fall splendor: Best routes for color tours


(WLNS) – Now that the nights are cooler you’re seeing more color in trees along Michigan’s roadways.

But to find the best views you really need to ask the people who work those roads every day: County Road commission workers.

That’s just what the County Road Association of Michigan did when it put together its “don’t miss” list of color tour roads for the fall. Here are some suggestions:

Clinton County

  • Maple Rapid Roads from Harris Road to Tallman Road
  • Tallman Road from Maple Rapid Road to Stone Road
  • Stone Road from Tallman Road to Wacousta Road
  • Wacousta Road from Stone Road to Hyde Road
  • Peacock Road from M-78 to Cutler Road
  • Clark Road from Upton Road East

Annually the best color for mid-Michigan is expected October 21-28.

“County roads provide a fantastic opportunity for Michigan residents to experience nature in action,” said Denise Donohue, executive director of the County Road Association of Michigan.

If you want to travel a bit here are some suggestions in West Michigan:

Barry County

  • Hickory Road from M-43 to east near Gilmore Car Museum

Kent County

  • Honey Creek Avenue from Pettis Avenue to Cannonsburg Road
  • Bailey Drive from Vergennes Street to Lincoln Lake Avenue
  • Fallasburg Park Drive from Lincoln Lake Avenue to Gavin Lake Avenue
  • 5 Mile Road from Lincoln Lake Avenue to Gavin Lake Avenue
  • Gavin Lake Road from 5 mile road to Belding Road
  • Wabasis Avenue from Belding Road to 12 Mile Road
  • Ramsdell Drive from 5 Mile Road to 11 Mile Road

You can always get an earlier jump on the color by driving to northern Lower Michigan where the peak colors are expected October 14 – 21. Here are some suggested routes:

Alpena County

  • Bolton Road to Long Lake Road
  • Roads in southern areas such as Nicholson Hill Road and Scott 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

Michigan has more than 90,000 miles and 5,700 bridges, the fourth-largest county road system in the nation.

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