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Fall Color Tours

Fall Color Tours


Autumn in the north country finds the lush hardwood forests glowing in brilliant shades of oranges, reds and yellows. The scenery is particularly impressive when viewed from roads around Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan.


Typically, the best time to view the fall colors is during Charlevoix's Annual Apple Festival which takes place during the second full weekend in October. The festival offers a large farmer's market with local apples and apple goodies of all kinds, an art & craft show, children's activities and more. Call the Chamber for details.


Circle Lake Charlevoix
Depart Charlevoix on US 31 South to the blinking light junction of M-66. Take a left to Ironton passing Castle Farms. Turn left on Ferry Road and board the Ironton Ferry ($3.00). Continue straight along Ferry Road to Boyne City. Depart Boyne City north on Lake Street passing Young State Park and on to Horton Bay (population 49 and former haunt of young Earnest Hemingway). Continue straight on C-56 (Boyne City Road) to the stop at US 31. Take left for about one mile and then right on Mercer Boulevard, just before the golf course, and continue down to the last street. Take a left to the end and then take another left. You will pass, on the right, the turn into Mount McSauba Park (sand dunes, hiking trails and beach). Continue on to McSauba Road at the ski area, and take a right to the stop sign and then right again to US 31. Continue straight over the Bastille bridge into Downtown Charlevoix.  35 miles and approximately 50 minutes drive time plus possible waits for the bridge and ferry.

Surf & Turf
Rolling hills, picturesque Michigan family farms and the south arm of Lake Charlevoix dominate this tour. Depart Charlevoix along US 31 South to the Ellsworth turn (C-48) in Atwood. Turn left. Continue 5 miles to the stop sign in Ellsworth and turn left on Church and then left again at the next stop, staying on C-48. At the red light in East Jordan turn left on M-66 following the lake shore, passing the Ironton Ferry (immortalized in Ripley's Believe It or Not as having traveled the most nautical miles without going anywhere - 650 feet), and continuing back to US 31. A right takes you back into Charlevoix.  35 miles and approximately 45 minutes drive time.


Click here for a pdf of the Charlevoix County Map for more routes.