Nothing quite beats autumn in the Upper Peninsula. The days grow cooler, while the colors get warmer. And although peak season is only a few short weeks, your experience will likely be nothing but sweet. Between the fiery reds, vigorous golds and the blissful, blustering breezes, autumn is the ultimate season. Here are a few favorites to capture the colors. So, take out your camera, and take in the crisp autumn air.   

Jackson Mine Park

Iron Ore Heritage Trail

Looking for a hike with a bit of history? This is it. Whether you prefer to hike, bike, walk or run, be sure to hit the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. This expansive trail spans 47 miles throughout Marquette County, its soil satiated with natural and cultural history. A couple of hours on this trail is sure to cure your fall-color fever.   

Historic 510 Bridge in Negaunee

CR 510 Bridgeview

Just a short drive up US- 41, this leaf-peeping spot requires little effort but offers grand views as the colorful foliage comes alive along the Dead River in the fall. The old 510 bridge was purchased from the state of Pennsylvania and erected in 1921, it was later bypassed in 2010 by a new section of road, and bridge.   

An aerial view of fall color over Harlow Lake in peak autumn

Harlow Lake

Head out to Harlow Lake for a day hike, stay for a great night. If you want a quick trek with a beautiful view, this is it. Spend the day gazing at harlequin reflections in the lake, and once the sun sets, stay a while and catch the twinkling stars in the dark autumn sky—and if you're really lucky, maybe you'll get a glimpse of the elusive northern lights.  

Informational sign at Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook in Big Bay, MI

Thomas Rock

Last, but not least, Thomas Rock. Don't overlook this scenic spot. While you can hike it in under ten minutes, we guarantee you’ll want to stop at all of the benches and signs along the way, and when you reach the scenic lookout, there's no telling how long you'll want to stay.