Cooler weather. Sweaters. Pumpkin spice everything. Changing leaves. Fall is one of the best seasons for so many reasons! When the leaves start to turn, it is a popular pastime with many Michiganders and visitors alike to embark on fun color tours! There are countless areas of the state where you can view the changing foliage, but it’s also a great opportunity to get one last RV trip in! Here’s our guide to planning an RV Michigan fall color tour!
Tunnel Of Trees, Harbor Springs
One of the most incredible areas to take a fall drive takes you along the shorelines and through the forests of gorgeous northern Michigan! The Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route takes you along a lovely stretch of road flanked by trees, which is beautiful in any weather! When the leaves change, you’ll find yourself surrounded by bright fall leaves. Mixing the gorgeous fall hues with the blue waters of Lake Michigan creates a breathtaking sight! This drive spans about 20 miles, and has you close to all the fun of surrounding northern Michigan towns!
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park is conveniently located just off of M-119, which takes you along the Tunnel of Trees! This lovely state park sits right on the shores of Lake Michigan, where you’ll enjoy more views of the turning foliage! There are great opportunities for biking and hiking in the park, or you can just kick back and relax! Two different campgrounds are located here--the Dunes Campground and Tannery Creek, for a combined 180 campsites! Electric and water are available. Sites with 20/30 amp service go for $31 per night, and sites with 50 amp service in Tannery Creed go for $33 per night! The campgrounds are only open through October 15th, so don't delay! This is the perfect time to catch the leaves changing colors! Make your reservations on the Michigan DNR website!
Traverse City Area
Although the Traverse area is gorgeous during any season, there are plenty of opportunities for fun in the fall! Take a scenic drive through Traverse City’s surrounding areas for unforgettable views of the changing countryside, including the colors transforming at the surrounding orchards and trees along the shoreline! Staying in Traverse City puts you in the center of great getaway areas as well! You can easily make a day trip up to Old Mission Peninsula or Leelanau Peninsula and go on a spectacular wine and color tour! A fall stay in Traverse City is well worth the trip!
Timber Ridge RV Park & Recreation Resort
If you’re looking for the perfect RV park to stay in the midst of all the fun and color, enjoy a stay at Timber Ridge RV Park and Resort! This resort is family friendly, and features playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and more! There are themed weekends and wagon rides, so you can have fun on your stay! Rates are reduced September 5th through November 3rd and start at $30 per night! Visit the Timber Ridge website for more information and to make reservations!
Trees in the Upper Peninsula seem to start their color change a bit earlier than in other parts of the state, so you can travel up and get a head start! A beautiful scenic drive through the Keewanaw Peninsula treats you to gorgeous views everywhere you turn! You can make an easy round-trip drive along the coast of the peninsula, with stops in Houghton, Copper Harbor, and everywhere in between! The plentiful nature areas and a drive through Ottawa National Forest provide plenty of color!
Twin Lakes State Park
This lovely campground sits toward the base of the Keewanaw Peninsula, so you can make the drive up and loop back down! With 60 sites, electric and water hookups, a dump station, and restrooms, this well-maintained campground also has a lake to provide splendid views of the colorful leaves! Sites are reservable through October, and have a starting rate of $18 in the off-season! Make your reservations on the Michigan DNR website!
St. Joseph/New Buffalo
The southwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan holds plenty of possibilities for gorgeous color tours! You can choose how far you’d like to travel, as a trip down I-94 from St. Joseph to New Buffalo provides plenty of gorgeous scenic views! Make your way east as well for more fabulous colors! Make a stop at the wonderful Jollay Orchards, which holds a harvest festival every weekend with hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and other fun fall activities! There are plenty of great wineries in the area as well, which makes for a perfect wine and color tour!
Land Of Lakes Campground
You’ll love the quaint and home-like feel of this lovely campground! Nestled between two lakes in Dowagiac, this puts you in a great spot to begin your fall adventure! Jollay Orchards is just a 15-minute drive away, and is close to St. Joseph, so you can begin your tour! Lovely shaded sites and nearby lakes will make this campground a treasure in fall months! This campground’s season ends on October 31st, and has a $35 per night site rate! Visit the Land Of Lakes Campground website for more information!
These are just a few of many amazing options for color tours and campgrounds where you can stay to enjoy the vibrant leaves! Hopefully this guide to planning an RV Michigan fall color tour has inspired you to get out and see the beautiful natural wonder that Michigan has to offer! Where is your favorite spot to enjoy the changing leaves? Share with us in the comments!