There are three fabulous fall color trips right at our Lewiston door step. Here are some favorites:
- Start out at C.R. 489 and C.R. 612 by the Marathon Gas Station, go east on 612 to 489 North. Look for the "Fun Ones" sign, turn left on 489 towards Atlanta. This road does turn to gravel, but the scenery and hills are worth it. Turn around when you get tired or proceed to 487 N. into Atlanta. If you go S. on 487 it will take you back to C.R. 612.
- Start out again at C.R. 612 & C.R. 489, go east of C.R. 612 until it dead ends at M-33. Turn left (north) onto M-33 to M-32. Turn right (east) onto M-32. You will go through Hillman and can go all the way to Alpena (1 hour). Turn around when you get tired.
- From the Marathon Gas Station go west on C.R. 612 to Meridian Line Road as if you were going to Gaylord. Turn right on Meridian (North) and cross M-32 at Vienna Corners. Stay on Meridian Line Road until you see Sparr Road (F-44). Turn left on Sparr Road. (Meridian Line Road turns to gravel at Sparr Road if you go too far). After you go through Sparr (one store and 3 houses), turn left at stop sign, Marquardt Road. After driving a short distance, 1/8 mile, turn right and you are at the bottom of Treetops Resort. Make your way up the hill to the restaurant. Look to the north over the Sturgeon River Valley and see what is the best color view in northern lower Michigan.
These three suggestions are not in the AAA trip approval guide. Bring a map and or GPS and enjoy. Getting lost is the bonus!