Breath taking views can be seen from any path. Explore Cadillac from your car, bicycle, kayak, canoe, motorcycle, or by foot. Experience unforgettable views however you travel.

Fall Color and Top Spots In & Around Cadillac

IN-TOWN CADILLAC ROUTE: Enjoy fall in the heart of Downtown Cadillac. Enjoy a ride (by bike or car) around the 7 mile Cadillac Foot and Bike Path as you experience some of the areas top foodie and spirits stops along with unique boutique shops with great fall fashion and one-of-a-kind finds.  Extend your trip by meandering around Lake Mitchell, where you will enter the eastern edge of the Manistee National Forest.

AROUND CADILLAC ROUTES: At about 200 total miles, the “Around Cadillac Loops” consist of an east and western segment that will take you to numerous scenic fall overlooks, great hiking experiences, and plenty of farm markets and made-in-Michigan boutique finds.  Along this route, you will cross both the Big Manistee and Pine River and experience stunning fall canopies on some of our best fall color roads.

*The Steam Railroading Institute will not be having fall color train rides anywhere in Michigan in 2022, but we are hoping to have them back here in Cadillac next year! Sign up for their event updates on the SRI page.


Gearing Up For Another Wonderful Fall Color Season

Updated: September 21, 2022

With little bursts of color starting to show in the trees, it is now time to start planning your fall color tour getaway! Don't forget to subscribe to future seasonal updates as the conditions continue to change. We will be updating the local color forecast regularly, so stay tuned!


Select a route to view turn-by-turn directions and an all new interactive map with 218 miles of roads to explore and over 40 top destinations to enjoy.



The Cadillac area offers over 200 miles of trails year around.   Whether you are hiking, biking or walking, we have a trail for you.   All of our trails have public access with either free parking, or MDNR recreation pass parking.  Fall is an incredible time to get out, enjoy some color, and stretch your legs.  Start exploring our trails - start on our top rated hiking or biking trails below.

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The Science of Fall Color

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Late Autumn Fishing on the Big Manistee

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5 walking trails that won't disappoint fall color seekers

by Dave Foley  When the sumac bushes turn crimson and the maple leaves burst forth in red, I adjust my priorities. Being indoors when nature is staging its annual leafy color show is just wrong. Starting in the last days of September the dominant woodland green starts...


Cadillac offers numerous inland lakes and two incredible paddling rivers in the Big Manistee River and Pine River.  The fall color along our river basins are second to none! The high banks offers beautiful scenic fall color views from the river below that many have not experienced.  Bring up your boat - or rent one from any of our liveries this fall color season and enjoy a float on our waters!


Pine River Paddlesports - Pine River Color Updates
Pilgrim Village - Lakes & Fishing Report


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