Prime fall color season is September 18-October 14. Tour these destinations before it’s too late!
So, we’re completely fall obsessed over here! We’re right smack dab in the middle of fall’s peak season featuring blossoming color (September 18-October 14). Thanks to the guidance of Travel Marquette, here is an outline of a few jaw-dropping hotspots for gathering photos or for simply staring. Really, anywhere you drive throughout Northern Michigan, fall colors are on parade.
Color spots of interest in Marquette County are:
The first spot we found worthy of recommending is the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. It’s actually a whole bunch of spots; it spans 47 miles from Kawbawgam Road in Chocolay Township all the way to Republic Township. Choose your method of movement and get going! If you remember, and aren’t completely distracted by the blaze o’ colors, take some pictures.
Next up is the County Road 510 bridge route (in Negaunee Township). Offering up spectacular views, this pick features the bridge. Built in 1921, this bridge came from Pennsylvania and is known as a through truss highway bridge. Furthermore, this makes a perfect backdrop against the scenery.
Third on our list is Little Garlic Falls on the Little Garlic River. Between Marquette and Big Bay, this location is a must see, especially now!
Number four is the Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook, which offers a view from above. Look out for miles. See the colors blossom against Lake Superior in the background.
Fifth, Sugarloaf Mountain is an all-time favorite. Just off of County Road 550 between Marquette and Big Bay, this gem offers a ‘view atop the world.’ It only takes a short hike to get there.
Lastly, Mount Marquette Scenic Overlook offers yet more fantastic views. Most noteworthy, the cityscape and surrounding forest and coastline can be seen for quite a distance.
Directions to some of these locations are on Travel Marquette’s website. Other information and directions are sourced from Iron Ore Heritage Trail, MDOT, Waterfalls of the Keweenaw Area, UPTravel.com and Pure Michigan.