Posts Tagged ‘Fall Colors’



October 8, 2013

FallLeavesIt is starting to be that time of year again. When the Trees & Bushes loose their greens and change to a colorful array of reds, yellows, oranges and pinks. There are specific reasons this takes place each year. The weather of course, is the trigger. But the scientific reasons are much deeper then the mear temperature changes at this time of year. Check out our sheet on, “WHY LEAVES CHANGE COLOR”.

What also makes this Info sheet interesting, is that with the knowledge on just why the leaves change, and what Trees & Bushes produce what colors, you can almost select the Fall colors you wish to observe. If you know where there are old Oak trees, you have a good chance of seeing some brilliant red and orange colors in the leaves. Create your own Fall Colors Tour. πŸ™‚


We are very lucky here in Michigan, with some of the very best Fall colors anywhere. A few of my personal favorites in Southeastern Michigan are listed in our Info sheet called……“FALL COLOR TOURS”. The sheet describes some of the best places for Fall Colors in S.E.Michigan.

By understanding some of the reasons why the leaves change color, and what trees produce what specific colors, you can go to places in the area that will please your Fall Colors experience.


For instance……..Highland Recreation area (HAVEN HILL and the NATURAL AREA) have examples of almost every tree that grows in our state. This means you will see almost every Fall color imaginable there. Seven Lakes State Park is another example of a place that has so many different tree species, that you can see almost any co,or you desire there.

In Macomb county, Metro Park, Wolcott Mill, has many old Oak and Maple trees, since the area was settled so long ago. The deep reds and yellows there, are magnificent in these older trees. In the Park and on the old Farm roads that surround the Park, you will enjoy some outstanding colors.

There are of course, many beautiful places through out Michigan to view Fall Colors. Our Info sheet on the “FALL COLORS TOUR”, will help you get started in Southeastern Michigan, with some of the very best.

Here are a few Southeastern Michigan Park Maps to help you roam a bit deeper into the Fall Colors. The maps are free and all are recently GPSed and updated.

HIGHLAND Recreation Area (Haven Hill/Natural Area)

SEVEN Lakes State Park (Near the city of Holly)

WOLCOTT Mill Metro Park & Farm Center (Macomb county)

PONTIAC Lake Recreation Area (off of M59/Highland road, near Highland Rec.)

ORTONVILLE Recreation Area (NE of the city of Ortonville)

If you are looking for more Park maps, stop in at the Hiking Michigan web site, and visit the PARKS MAP Page.



Wolcott Mill Fall Colors HIKE

October 24, 2011

This maybe the last of the Fall colors, and we are heading to one of the best places in S.E.Michigan to see what’s left. Wolcott Mill Metro Park has many very old hardwood trees, and consistently produces some of the very best Fall colors around.

We will be starting out on the Mother Earth trail that leads to the Dam and Cliffs area. Then we will head off to trails unknown by our group. We will circle around the river and explore some of the more remote areas at the Park. These areas also have some of the densest hardwood tree stands in the Park as well.

There will be some group decisions to be made as we go. Determining just where and how far we will travel, will be decided upon by the group, out on the trails. There will be a number of places early in the Hike, for those not interested in the longer, more exploratory parts of the Hike, to circle back to the parking area.

The Mill is still open and is always a great experience. So is the Farm learning center. One of the few still working Farms in S.E.MI. Β Roam the Farm grounds and critters. It is free with your Parks pass.



WHY do leaves Change Color?

September 23, 2011

Doing some research over the years has produced some very interesting results, when it comes to the Fall colors in Michigan. There seems like so many places to see beautiful leaf colors almost anywhere in our state. But there are places that are more special then others.

This has to do with a number of things. How old is the hardwood forests in that area? Are they healthy and get ample water? What types of hardwood trees grow where? By understanding a number of reasons why the leaves change colors in the Fall, you can almost put together places to visit during the Fall season, that will guarantee EXCELLENT Fall colors.

Of course Mother Nature still plays a role in the subtle things that can affect a tree’s ability to produce heavy colors or just subtle colors. But with understanding the basics in why leaves change colors, you will be well on the way to visiting specific places that will have a better chance in glorious colors, more brilliant and contrasting then other places.

Check out the Info sheet on “Why Leaves Change Colors”.


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