October means flannels, cider, and enjoying the fall colors around our lakes. In some parts of our region the leaves are just beginning to start their annual change, while in others autumn is in full swing. We’ve collected some of our favorite spots around the area to see the spectacular fall palette offered by our diverse flora.
The Root River Valley is in the southeast corner of the state and offers some of the best fall color viewing in the Great Lakes. State-16 runs along portions of the Root River and allows views of both the water and the beautiful fall colors from the comfort of their vehicle.
Wisconsin offers exception lakes as well as exceptional fall colors. A must-see is Lake Geneva near the Illinois border. Many gilded age mansions were built around the lake adding gorgeous architecture to nature’s fiery display. The best way to experience the leaves turning in Lake Geneva is on a hike around the 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path. The hike takes you to beautiful natural vistas along with near the exceptional homes in the area.
The Tunnel of Trees is a must-see road the northern lower Michigan. Route 119 as it’s named by the state begins in Harbor Springs and winds its way on a two-lane road to Cross Village (make sure to stop at Legs Inn!). The route takes you along the lake shore and through beautiful woods offering an impressive palette of color from a diverse offering of species that our region enjoys.
If you’re in the mood to get out of your car and get some hiking in, visit Starved Rock State Park along the banks of the Illinois River. The trails go along the river in some portions and allow up close and personal experience with the fall colors we enjoy in our area.
Hocking Hills is a breathtaking state park in central Ohio. The park offers extensive trails, gorges, rivers and of course, fall colors! Bring a camera and your favorite four-legged friend because this is one you shouldn’t miss.