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.


With hundreds of miles of mapped and signed routes, fall color exploration in Northern Michigan has never been easier! We have mapped out two incredible fall color routes throughout the Cadillac Area with turn-by-turn directions for each, making it easy for you to EXPLORE fall color!  Pick a route below and get started!

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.

We Are Now Past Peak Color!

Updated: October 29, 2023

We enjoyed an extended fall color season this year, with different parts of the Cadillac area peaking at different times! The past week has brought us cooler temperatures, rain and wind.

Now we are officially past the peak color season but are looking forward to the snow forecasted to come!

*The Steam Railroading Institute will not be having fall color train rides anywhere in Michigan in 2023, but we are hoping to have them back here in Cadillac next year! Sign up for their event updates on the SRI page.



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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.


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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