5 Great Accessible Scenic Sites to Visit in Michigan This Fall

As another Michigan summer comes to an end, vacationers across the state are preparing for a beautiful (if brief) season of vibrant fall colors, apple cider, and haunted houses. It may be getting too cold for swimming on the Great Lakes, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had in the great outdoors around Michigan.


Thankfully, the Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has made great strides in recent years to increase the accessibility of many parks, trails, and scenic sites in the state. If you’re itching to explore the wilderness and see the wonderful fall colors, then check out some of the sites below. Just be sure to bring a hot cup of cider!


      Ludington State Park. Known for their beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan, this park also offers a trail system with paved portions that are ADA accessible. In addition to the sand dunes, you can stop at a shoreline vista and explore ponds, marshlands, and forests.

      Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Though it is a bit of a trek from the lower peninsula, you can’t talk about scenic sites in Michigan without mentioning Tahquamenon Falls. This park encompasses two sets of waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River, and the upper falls are the third most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River, surpassed only by Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls. Located between the towns of Newberry and Paradise, the falls make for a beautiful attraction any time of the year, but are particularly gorgeous when the leaves are turning. The upper falls have a half mile paved walkway that is ADA accessible and provides a wonderful view of the 50-foot tall, 200-foot wide waterfall.

      Maybury State Park. For something a little closer to home, you can’t go wrong with Maybury State Park. There are several miles of paved and gravel trails that wind through meadows and forests. It’s perfect for a picnic or a leisurely stroll.

      Brighton-Bishop Lake Hiking Trail. This trail is another great spot close to the metro area. While only a mile in length, this one is universally accessible, sports a barrier-free modern restroom and barrier-free fishing off a pier. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing hike or a spot to fish, this is a nice spot for a day trip.

      William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail SP. A beautiful park on the west side of the state, this is a 22-mile paved trail through rural, forested lands, including scenic overlooks and picnic areas. Portions of it make for great day hikes!


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