Our regional Fall Color Loop around Cadillac takes you on over 200 miles of beautiful, scenic roads and destinations to experience what fall color in Northern Michigan is all about. This is a perfect trip to take over a weekend, or stay clear of the crowds and visit us midweek! There are no shortage of scenic stops in the greater Cadillac area but if you are looking for some sure fire locations to get that perfect fall photo, we have a handful of stops that fit the bill!


Sherman Hill Overlook

Just south of 10 1/2 Rd, the lookout from M-37 across the Manistee River Basin is spectacular. There is NOT a formal turnout for this, however, just driving along M-37, you will see how spectacular the view is. Be sure to have your co-pilot ready for a photo op!

Hodenpyl Dam Scenic Overlook

Along M-37, south of Mesick you will come across the Turnout overlooking Hodenpyl Dam and the panoramic fall color across the lake.

Hodenpyl Dam River Access

Park here at the Dam and check out the great view of the Hydroelectric Dam. You can also hike along the road to hook up with Upper River Road to walk across the Big Manistee River on the longest pedestrian foot bridge in the lower peninsula.


Suspension Bridge

Cross the Suspension Bridge and view the beautiful Fall color along the Manistee River Basin – You can also park off Upper River Road at the “Woodpecker Creek Access” signs just to the west of the bridge.

Red Bridge River Access

Access the Manistee River Trail to the east side of the River or the North Country Trail along the west side of the river or just enjoy the sweeping views of fall color along the beginning of the Tippy Dam backwaters at Red Bridge.

Big Manistee River Access at High Bridge

Access the Big Manistee River and fishing platform at High Bridge.

Cooley Bridge

Along M-55 at the Pine River crossing. Walk the boardwalk under the Cooley Bridge and capture the scenic fall color along the Pine River.


Click here to view the entire “Around Cadillac” fall color loop and explore the 200 miles of roads and incredible businesses, sights, and experiences you will find along the way.

You can also make the trek downtown, for our “In-Town Cadillac” fall color loop by clicking here.