Explore the Big Manistee River and Hodenpyl Dam along with our rolling northern country roads on this great fall color route.

Sights: Big Manistee River | Hodenpyl Dam | DNR Fish Hatch

The longest route (if you head out to the Hiking Area on the Manistee River Trail) comes in at about 75 miles.  This great route takes you on some of the most scenic country roads (many of them are dirt roads, so be prepared for that). You will enjoy canopies of color along with scenic overlooks along the Big Manistee River.  The river basin is beautiful this time of year, and the view from the Hodenpyl Dam Overlook is great.  Enjoy great stops along the way as you venture west from Downtown Cadillac.

FALL COLOR UPDATE: We Are Now Passing Peak - October 21, 2020

Current over-all Leaf color saturation for our Region: 75-100%+
The Cadillac area, inland and towards the west, all have peaked and most trees are holding their leaves quite well. As they hold, they have become darker in color, while still looking more vibrant than past years. If you have not yet taken a color drive, this year is a MUST. All four routes in the area are in full color bloom, and shedding an amazing crunchy, wispy and fall fragrant bed on the forest floor. Most trails are wet, but not super muddy since the rains that have some, where short, while the cool evenings have kept them damp, so dress in layers and wear warm shoes.



Some top fall color sights along the Hodenpyl Route



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