Ron Rademacher, Around Michigan
What's going on around Michigan.
Colors seem to be turning early. How about a few destinations that are old growth forest with trails for walk through the colors.
In the Upper Peninsula, Copper Peak is the only ski flying hill outside of Europe. Located near Ironwood, Copper Peak is the world’s smallest ski flying hill. It doesn’t seem small when you are 270 feet up at the to of this thing. Some say you can see Canada from up there.
This spot is about midway along the Black River Road with 4 waterfalls and a hardwood forest, great Scenic Drive.
In the North, Grayling's Beal Plantation Trail is one of the original reforestation experiments to demonstrate that many species of trees would thrive where once only the vast pine forests grew. The mix of hardwoods make for a longer color season. Close to town, nice groomed trail, perfect for kids or those who can’t handle rough trails. You can launch a kayak or canoe near downtown to float and fish the Pere’ Marquette River for even more color.
In the South, Irish Hills Scenic Drive is essentially from Jonesville to Route 52. Thirty miles of winding road through rolling hills covered with hardwoods and scenic lakes and rivers. Along that route is an all time favorite, McCourtie Park with it’s handicap accessible pathway, stream with 17 bridges, underground rathskeller and lots of color.
Color designations are coming soon!!
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