Huron-Manistee National Forests

Follow Fall Color in Michigan

Shorter days and coolers nights signal the forest canopy to display a kaleidoscope of colors.

To help those fall fans discover the right location for viewing colorful leaves, the Huron-Manistee National Forests has created an interactive map that enables anyone to view the changing colors from near or afar.

Use the map to plan a trip or watch the season progress. 

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Image: Crater Lake on Mio Ranger District

Lying between the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, is the nearly one-million-acre Huron-Manistee National Forests. The Forests offer year-around motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities. Most popular are the trails and campgrounds along four nationally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers such as the Pine, Manistee, Au Sable and Pere Marquette. 

The Forests management team of botanists, biologists, archeologists, fire, timber, and silvicultural specialists manage for health, harvest, prescribed burns and endangered/sensitive species habitat.  The HMNF is host to such species as the Kirtland’s Warbler, Piping Plover, Karner Blue Butterfly and Pitcher’s Thistle.

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New Volunteer Opportunities Available

People of all ages and abilities help the Forest Service care for the land and serve communities. The Adopt-a-Forest program, a partnership with Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is a great way to immediately help us work towards eliminating illegal dumping and increase the awareness of recycling opportunities for waste materials found on both federal and state land.

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Ride on the Forest

Effective October 1, 2021, the Huron-Manistee National Forests (HMNFs) changed our Motor Vehicle Use (MVU) designation of  Forest Service roads to include Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs).

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