4 ways to see the best fall colors this season

It’s fall color season in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Here are a few of the best ways to take in Mother Nature’s most impressive show this year.

Take a hike

Lace up your hiking boots and explore nearly 90 miles of recreational trails in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, which spans 60,000 acres, is home to one of the largest remaining tracts of old-growth forest in the Midwest. Trails range from short day hikes to more challenging treks; hikers can find outstanding views on the Escarpment Trail and the Big Carp River Trail and a great scenic overlook at the end of the Summit Peak Tower Trail. Learn more about hiking in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County here.

Ride through the woods

The western Upper Peninsula is a great place for a fall color drive, too, as county roads and state highways cut through beautiful swaths of Northwoods forests throughout the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. For a quick scenic ride, follow M-64 out of White Pine to the shores of Lake Superior before following M-107 in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to the overlook at Lake of the Clouds. Or follow the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway for easy access to four scenic waterfalls.

A view from above

Want to get a birds-eye view of Upper Michigan’s incredible fall color? The Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex on M-107 offers chair lift rides on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the fall color season; lift tickets are $10 a person, and children 10 and under are free. Copper Peak in nearby Ironwood offers stunning views from atop the former ski-jump ramp—on a clear day, visitors see Lake Superior, three states, and even Canada.

Chase some waterfalls

The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County’s waterfalls are beautiful in any season, but there’s something special about seeing them surrounded by the reds, oranges, and yellows that appear on the trees during the fall. Bond Falls—about an hour’s drive from Ontonagon—is well worth the trip, as it’s got an easily accessible boardwalk where visitors will find outstanding photo ops from several viewing platforms. The waterfalls along the Presque Isle River on the western edge of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park are also a photo-worthy stop in the fall.

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