Fall Color in Cadillac is second to none...

See below for a pdf to print out our color tour brochure

Breath taking views can be seen from your car, bicycle, kayak, canoe, motorcycle, and by foot…. You name your mode of transportation, and you’ll experience unforgettable views…

Here are our favorite self guided tours combined with local hot spots, and fantastic views, compliments of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.   Far below are additional activities you can enjoy in the Cadillac Area while Mother Nature transitions from summer green, to fall gold, to winter white…

Festival of the Pines - second weekend of September 

Celebrating the heritage of the area with a car show, lumber events, crafts, food, music...

Craft Beer Festival - 4th weekend of September

Downtown Cadillac, City Park, enjoy the city park, micro brews, food vendors, music and friends 2pm - 10pm, see for details.

Fall Color Tour Train Rides - first 2-3 weekends of October

Train rides from Cadillac to Mancelona (Oct 8) & Mt Pleasant to Cadillac (Oct 15).  This will be the fourth fall color tour train ride program being offered.  October 8th and 15th excursions are an antique Diesel Engine pulling antique passenger vessels. Both excursions are sold out BUT the country side tours are still available!  Go to or call 989-725-9464 for tickets and details.

Self Guided Fall Color Scenic Routes - October 1 - 25

Typical peak is weeks 2-3 of October, weather depending, always check for fall color report.

Book your Fall Cadillac Pure Michigan excursion today - tickets and lodging packages available, check out the lodging packages by hotel.

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Scenic Route One: The Lakes - Approximately 20 Miles

Lake Cadillac Shoreline

Drive on old 131 to Granite St.  Turn right on Granite St, which turns into Sunnyside Dr. Take this to M-115. Turn right onto M-115, after ½ mile turn left onto M-55 West.  On this tour, you will travel around both Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell and see the beautifully balanced panorama of woods and waters.

Attractions:  Lake Cadillac Area:  Public park, Sound Garden, Clam River Greenway, picturesque pavilion, City boat docks and memorial fountain, Kenwood beach and park, public bathrooms, boat launch and 27 holes of Disc Golf. Cadillac’s famous canal freezes before the lakes then as the lakes freeze the canal thaws and is open all winter.  Mitchell State Park: Camping, Carl T Johnson Hunting & Fishing Visitors Center and an interpretive Heritage Trail.

Foodie Picks:  Hermann's European Cafe (Downtown), Clam Lake Beer Co. (Downtown),  Burke’s Waterfront Restaurant (burritos & french fried ice cream), and The Sweet Shop (XL caramel applies).

Scenic Route Two: Northwest - Approximately 63 Miles

Pick your mode of Transportation, views are unforgettable

Begin by going west on M-55 to 25 Rd.  Take 25 Rd north to Boon Rd (34 Rd). Turn west (left) on Boon Rd and drive through Boon and Harrietta to M-37.  For a different pace, continue on 30 Rd heading west and take Coates Highway down to the Big Manistee River.  To stay on the designated tour, continue north on M-37 to M-115 in Mesick.  Either drive northwest (left) on M-115 to 9 Rd and into Glengary (14 RD) (The Glengary area roads may be rough if weather conditions are wet) and back onto M-42 to 15 Rd, or you may also turn southeast (left) on M-115 and north onto 15 Rd.  These back roads will lead you through a very colorful route through Meauwataka and back to Cadillac.


  • Park and sit along the lakeshore or at a picnic table along the Lake Mitchell Day Use Park (off M-115).
  • Take in some history along M-55, turn left onto 25 Rd, approx. 100 ft is a CC Camp historical marker and remains.
  • Just west of Harrietta is the MDNR Harrietta Fish Hatchery and visitors center (open week days only in fall).
  • South of Mesick on the southern tip of Hodenpyle Pond: from M-37, head West on 26 Rd to O’Rourke Dr/Hodenpyle Dam Rd then continue North on M-37 to M-115 in Mesick.
  • Just shy of Mesick on M-37 stop at the Scott Wheeler Roadside Park, great view!

Foodie Picks:  Boon Store famous Boon Cheese.

Scenic Route Three: South - Approximately 64 miles

Caberfae Overlook approach

Drive South on old 131 to Mackinaw Trail.  Turn right on Mackinaw Trail and follow it to M-115.  Turn east (left) on M-115 and then south (right) on Dighton Rd (130th).  Turn west on 20 Mile Rd and continue  into Tustin and then into the Bristol area.  As you pass through Bristol, 20 Mile Rd will turn into 8 Mile Rd and turn right. Continue and turn left on Skookum.  Continue South to 5 Mile Rd and turn right.  Turn right on State Rd, cross the Pine River to 48 Rd, turn left and continue to 7 ½ Rd, through Hoxeyville.  Turn east (right) on M-55, turn north (left) on 13 Rd (towards Caberfae Peaks), north to Boon Rd/30 1/4 Rd in Harrietta.  Turn right onto Boon Rd and back to Cadillac.


  • Kettunen Center just beyond 150th Ave. on 20 Mile Road
  • 18 Mile Road is home to the Rose Golf Course
  • Riverside Park in downtown Tustin
  • Luther Loggers in downtown Luther, turn south on State Road
  • Silver Creek County Park (public restrooms) just north of Luther
  • Hoxeyville Historic School
  • Caberfae Scenic Outlook
  • Manistee National Forest

Foodie Picks:  Coyote Crossing Restaurant, turn south (right) just past Caberfae Road, down the road on the left.

Scenic Route Four: East - Approximately 37 miles

Downtown Cadillac in the Fall

Begin at color Tour Headquarters, downtown Cadillac, and proceed north on old US 131 (Mitchell St) to Boon Rd.  turn east (right) on Boon Rd, which becomes Seeley Rd north and then Rosted Rd east, staying on the paved road.  Turn north (left) on La Chance Rd, go through Jennings, and then turn west (left) on Burns Rd.  Turn north (right) on Seeley Rd crossing M-42/Mike & Tony Rd.  Seeley Rd then becomes 49 Rd. Continue on 49 Rd north to Roby Rd and then head east (turn right) on Roby Rd to Brown Rd.  Turn south (right) on Brown Rd, taking it to M-42/ Walker Rd.  Go east (left) on M-42 to M-66 south. M-66 south will take you through Lake City and then head west (right) on M-55 towards downtown Cadillac.

Attractions: located between US 131 & Seeley Road on M-42 is Dutchman Tree Farm, one of the largest Christmas Tree Farms in the area.  Rather than continuing on Seeley road north, turn west (left) onto M-42, to the farm, offering a Christmas Village in December.

Foodies: In downtown Lake City, Food Factory and the Coffee Cup are suggested local hot spots.