The Best Local Roads to See Fall Color
Looking for an activity this fall to stay safe and enjoy the scenery? How about a drive on some local roads to check out the fall color?
You can take a drive in the safety of your own car, plus affordable gas prices make it easy to fill up the gas tank to hit the road.
The County Road Association of Michigan just recently released their list of "Don't Miss" local roads to see fall color. This list reflects the best suggestions from over two dozen county road agencies who know the best color spots in their area.
Colors should start to peak in the Upper Peninsula by the end of the month of September. Here in west Michigan, our colors should peak sometime between October 7th-14th.
So what are the best roads to drive to enjoy the explosion of fall color on the trees in West Michigan?
In 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
In Ottawa County:
- Lakeshore Drive from Grand Haven city limits to Ottawa Beach Road/Holland State Park
- Hayes Street from M-11 intersection to Berlin Fair Drive/the Berlin Fairgrounds in Marne
- Leonard Street from intersection on Leonard Street/S. Lake Avenue in Village of Spring Lake to Lamont
- Mercury Drive/Green Street/N. Cedar Drive from Grand Haven to Riverside County Park
In Muskegon County:
- Scenic Drive from Memorial Drive to Michillinda Road
- Along Lake Michigan shoreline and Duck Lake
In Barry County:
- Hickory Road from M-43 to east near Gilmore Car Museum
To see the complete list of counties in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, click here.
Drivers are invited to #LoveFallRoads with a post on CRA’s Facebook page or on Twitter at @MICountyRoads to let everyone know the best local road spots for Michigan’s fall colors. Be sure to indicate an intersection, the county and the closest city/village in your post.
The “Don’t miss” fall drive recommendations are "brought to you by the County Road Association of Michigan, whose 83 members represent the unified voice for a safe and efficient county transportation infrastructure system in Michigan, including appropriate stewardship of the public’s right-of-way in rural and urban Michigan. Collectively, Michigan’s county road agencies manage 75 percent of all roads in the state, including 90,000 miles of roads and 5,700 bridges. County road agencies also maintain the state’s highway system in 64 counties. Michigan has the nation’s fourth-largest local road system."