Fall Colors in Land O’ Lakes and Beyond
Discover amazing color and more
Upper Peninsula Leaf Peeping Loop
Don’t settle for anything less than the most amazing fall colors. Just north of Land O’ Lakes, across the Michigan Border in the Ottawa National Forest, you’ll find a colorful fall driving route that Goes Beyond imagination, passing wild waterfalls and heading deep into a million-acre forest.
- From Land O’ Lakes, take U.S. Highway 45 north for 18 miles to Bond Falls Road in Paulding, Michigan.
- Travel east on Bond Falls Road for 3.2 miles to Bond Falls. You can park below for easy access or hike down from the top.
- Take Bond Falls Road back to U.S. Highway 45 and then continue north for 9 miles to Bruce Crossing.
- Turn east on Highway 28 for 7 miles to the Agate Falls Scenic Site.
- Head west on Highway 28 for 30 miles to Highway 64. Right before Highway 64 you will pass through the small municipalities of Bergland and Merriweather.
- Turn south on Highway 64 for 18 miles to U.S. Highway 2.
- Turn east on Highway 2 for 26 miles to U.S. Highway 45.
- Turn south on U.S. Highway 45 for 8 miles to return to Land O’ Lakes.
Highway B – Fall Colors Galore
- From the intersection of U.S. Highway 45 and County Road B, head west for 5 miles to the Black Oak Lake beach and boat landing. Take a moment to enjoy the leaves around the lake.
- Continue west on County B for 2.5 miles to the Forest Lake Country Store. Park and take a short walk to the public boat landing on small Wood Lake, just t the east. The colors around this lake are often spectacular.
- Continue west on County B for 3.8 miles to the boat launch on the south side of the road, just before Helen Creek. This is a nice leaf peeping spot and a good place to put in a canoe or kayak to see the leaves from a different perspective.
- Continue west on County B for 18.5 miles to Presque Isle. Along the way you will pass many small lakes and other areas that become especially picturesque with the fall leaves.
Whichever route you choose around Land O’ Lakes, be warned: you’ll never look at fall colors the same.