Between the bursts of oranges, reds, and yellows and blissful, blustering breezes, fall in the U.P. is the ultimate season.
So strap on your hiking boots, hop in the car or on a bike and take in the vivid sights at these five scenic spots to fall foliage watch.
Iron Ore Heritage Trail
Looking for a hike with a bit of history? This is it.
Whether you prefer to bike, walk or run, you’ll find the Iron Ore Heritage Trail informative and fun. This 47-mile, multi-use, interpretive trail crosses the Marquette Iron Range and is dotted with educational signs all along its scenic and historic stretch.
“Call us the outdoor linear museum where you exercise your body and mind.” – IOHT
With a brief but beautiful drive up US-41, this view requires limited effort for a surreal experience. Park your car to peep the glorious green and auburn leaves overlooking the old steel bridge over the Dead River, and take a minute to snap some gorgeous pictures.
This popular picturesque outlook offers an expansive view of Marquette’s cityscape and Superior shoreline. Mt. Marquette is accessible by foot or car, which makes it a fairly quick trip to the top, but once you see the view you’re sure to slow down and take it all in.
Quiet, scenic, and serene.
Little Garlic offers a long and winding wooded hike from the Little Garlic River to the higher running rapids. This spot is sure to put your legs to work, and your mind at ease.
Last, but not least, don’t miss out on this seriously under-rated, scenic lookout. While you can likely execute this hike in under a half-hour, we guarantee you’ll want to stay a little bit longer once you make it to the overlook.