Fall Foliage in Hillsdale County Michigan

Peak Season for Fall Colors in Southern Michigan has started. October 22 has been a day of sunshine that has glorified the Fall Foliage at Peak Color throughout Hillsdale County. We can expect the best views to remain until there is a significant sustained wind, a heavy rain, or prolonged lengths of freezing temperatures. This could be maintained for days or weeks–only Mother Nature knows for sure. Overnight lows for the next week is predicted to be in the 30s with mostly sunny skies for most of the days.


Hillsdale County has many lakes. Some are small, but a few are good sized with Baw Beese Lake being the largest. Baw Beese Lake is located just south of Hillsdale and has several public parks. Waterworks, Owen, and Sandy Beach Parks are located on the East side of the lake. All are well kept and include BBQ grills, picnic tables, sitting areas, and a walking path. There is also a Disc Golf Course at Owen Park that is free to the public.

The Baw Beese Trail is a hike/bike path that runs from Jonesville to Hillsdale. The best part of the path runs alongside the parks at Baw Beese Lake. This former railroad track has been reclaimed by the public and allows people to exercise in a safe, level, and well-maintained area. The fallen leaves and cool wind off the lake make this an invigorating place to walk, skate, or bike. There are several trail heads where vehicles can be parked while the passengers get out to enjoy the trail.

Golf courses will still be open until the snow starts to fall. The golf leagues are finished for the year and the greens fees have been reduced. Walk-on to one of several golf courses throughout the area to enjoy a challenging and relaxing round of 9 to 18 holes, or more. Mill Race GC in Jonesville or White Oaks GC in Hillsdale are very popular and scenic courses that have great fall greens fees and discounts on power carts.

An automobile ride around the county can be taken through the hills and dales for which the county is named. Dirt roads, private lakes, woodlands, and farmland dominate this mostly rural county. A healthy Amish community along with family farms and mega farms will be harvesting their crops, leaving a contrast of Earth tones in the fields. The Amish will be using draft horses and wagons while modern farmers will utilize combines and tractors.


Any day is a good day to getaway and enjoy the Fall Foliage in Hillsdale County. The Munro House B&B in downtown Jonesville offers classic comfortable lodging with outstanding restaurants just a short walk from the inn. Time is limited to enjoy the peak leaf color change, but the Earth tones of the harvest colors will remain until the snow accumulates.

Mike Venturini
“Life is good in Jonesville”

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