As we near the end of September, the celebration of National Fall Foliage Week couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Starting the last Sunday in September in Southwest Michigan, it’s the favorite time of year for many with perfect crisp temperatures, colorful landscapes, and the smell of cinnamon, apples, and donuts in the air. Gorgeous fall colors can be found at some of our favorite color tours in the region.
- First up is West Michigan Pike, which is along the “first continuous paved road from the Indiana state line to Mackinaw City.” The Pike has stops in New Buffalo, St. Joseph, and South Haven along is beautiful colored path.
- If the Pike leafs you wanting more, just head over to Fred Russ Forest Park where you can experience autumn beauty and rich history as you traverse more than four miles of winding, tree-lined trails in Decatur.
- We think the Blue Star Highway Tour deserves yellow, red, and orange stars too as you trek from St. Joseph north along serene, tree-lined M-63 to Blue Star Highway.
- Coast along Red Arrow Highway to see the sights in Stevensville, Bridgman, Sawyer, Harbert, Union, Pier, and New Buffalo.
- Along the St. Joseph River Tour, you can rake up views at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Lehman’s Orchard and Farmhouse, and Iron Shoe Distillery.
- Drink in the colors during a South Berrien County Tour with pit stops at Greenbush Brewing Company, Hickory Creek Winery, Tabor Hill Winery, and Round Barn Estate.
- Hear the great north calling you instead? Do a 180 for the North Berrien County Tour serving up equal shots of spectacular views and good libations.
- If that’s not enough, hike or bike the Kal-Haven or Van Buren Trails, kayak the Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail, or traverse your favorite hometown walkway under a canopy of fall colors. Get ex-cidered, ‘cuz we are!