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Fall Color Tour Ideas For Kalamazoo Area Families

by Holly L and Jill P

 

Living in the great state of Michigan, we are treated to quite a show every year when the leaves change. The color change is dependent on a lot of factors and happens at a slightly different time every year. This year we seem to be on track to have the peak colors around late October. You can read more about how the colors change and why here.

Here we have some of the best ways to check out the colors in the area.

*This post has been updated for 2017. 

By Car

The historic West Michigan Pike features some of the best scenery West Michigan has to offer. You can head West on M-43 until you reach the Blue Star Highway then head South. Continue South on 63 until you reach I94 in Benton Harbor, then head East to Kalamazoo. Traveling along the lake on this historic highway will be a beautiful and rewarding experience. This entire trip will take about 2 and a half hours roundtrip.

The state of Michigan designates area roads as “Natural Beauty Roads”. Three Kalamazoo county roads have this designation and are absolutely perfect for driving on a color tour.

  • West R Avenue from VanKal to 6th Street
  • West F Avenue from 7th Street to 8th Street
  • BC Avenue from East Gull-Way Street to 34th Street


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On Foot

 

Kal-Haven Trail
4143 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Begin your adventure at the 10th Street trailhead and head West along the trail. The trailhead features a large parking lot, and a refurbished caboose car serves as the information center for the trail. Be sure to bring your camera as there are many places you will want to stop and take pictures. The kids will delight in climbing onto the caboose and then walking along the Kal-Haven trail which once was a railroad!

Audubon Society of Kalamazoo Fall Nature Tour
4143 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Sunday, October 16th 2016, 2pm
Register by calling (269) 373-5073

If a guided tour of the Kal-Haven and Kalamazoo River Valley trail is more your speed, check out this free event hosted by the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo. All ages are welcome and the tour will take you through about two miles round trip, lasting around 90 minutes. The walking is easy and the trails are paved. It’s a good idea to bring insect repellant for the hike.

 

By Bike

Kal-Haven Trail
4143 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Begin your adventure at the 10th Street trailhead and head West along the trail. The trailhead features a large parking lot, and a refurbished caboose car serves as the information center for the trail. Be sure to bring your camera as there are many places you will want to stop and take pictures. The kids will delight in climbing onto the caboose and then walking along the Kal-Haven trail which once was a railroad! The trail is a great place to bike as well.

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(photo courtesy of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail)

9th Annual Fall Color Cruise
Markin Glen Park
5300 N Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
Sunday, October 15, 2017

More details to come!

This six-mile casual course gives you an up-close view of the fall colors. Family friendly activities are at stations along the path.

By Train

The Famous Pumpkin Train
311 E. Danforth St
Coopersville, MI 49404

If you need a little bit more excitement from your color tour, a great way to go is by train! The Coopersville & Marne Railway offers the unique opportunity to view the fall colors from their train. The ride features entertainment, and a pumpkin is included for all riders. The round trip ride lasts about 90 minutes, traveling through the countryside and some wooded areas offering a nice burst of fall color.

 

 

By Limo

Harvey Limousine
www.harveylimousine.com
(269) 344-5091 or (269) 330-9679

If you are looking for the ultimate luxury color tour experience, load the whole family into a limo for a hassle free ride through the countryside. Rent the limo for as long as you like, bring along snacks and drinks and enjoy the show. Up to ten people can fit in the limo, so you are free to bring the entire family!

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Holly L

Holly is an active mother of two small children. She likes to see everything the area has to offer and bring friends along for the ride. When not spending time with the kids she works as a professional reviewer, sharing opinions with the world.

 

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