Don’t let the change of weather fool you, Fall is a great time to take a vacation or even day trip to Iron County Michigan. Fun for families, couples, and singles alike, why wait when you can explore and stay in the same spot! Most of our lodging options are easy access to ATV, hiking and biking trails. Or if slowing down is your jam, take a tour of our 10 different waterfalls or take in the Northern Light and stargaze along our many inland lakes!
Catch Iron County Michigan Fall Colors, they won’t disappoint. The best part, there’s more than one way to access them! We have 100s of miles of ATV trails, hiking and biking trails, not to mention many overlooks if you choose a car drive and picnic.
Fun Day Trips
We get asked all the time where to go or what “cool spots” you should see while on vacation. You asked, we created! Here is a list of our Top Spots / Must See Places from Waterfalls and Lighthouses to Best Overlooks and Scenic Drives.
(Trust us, there are so many more!)
Bond Falls is breathtaking… one waterfall elevated by yet another waterfall – just off of Hwy 45
Beautiful chain of cascades on the Ontonogan River’s middle branch – located just off of M-28
Given the name (Michigan’s Little Grand Canyon). This is a GREAT place to stop for a picnic plus it’s only a short walk into the Falls. It’s absolutely a must if touring the UP of Michigan – just off of US 41 North
(8) falls total– If you can only visit (1) river while touring the UP… this would be the one to hit! Close to L’Anse just off of US 41 North.
Near Bessemer Michigan – You’ll find (5) beautiful waterfalls within 2-mile radius! It’s absolutely worth taking a drive to see! Black River Road is a beautiful scenic road that takes you to Lake Superior passing Copper Peak Lookout – SPECTACULAR during Fall Colors.
A wonderful boardwalk along the Black River. A popular destination,River Harbor Recreation Area offers boating access to Lake Superior, beaches, scenic hiking trails and nearby campground.
Located in Ontonogan County – known for it’s vast virgin timbers.. wonderful waterfalls..rugged hiking trails.. and remote historic mines from the past all are a part of the UP heritage one will find.
Other MUST SEE places!
- Horse Race Rapids – Near Crystal Falls just off of US-2 south of Crystal Falls, MI on airport Rd
- Copper Harbor / Brockway Mountain Drive & Jampot – Copper Harbor is another must see! After you visit Copper Harbor, stop at the Brockway Mountain overlook, then continue on Brockway Mountain Drive to Jampot! Make sure your camera is charged, you’re going to want to get pictures along the way!
(appx 19mi / 1 hr*) – Copper Harbor to Jampot map (courtesy of Google Maps)
- L’anse / Canyon Falls / Sturgeon River Gorge / Falls River – This loop is another top pick. Drive about 10 miles from L’Anse to Canyon Falls. From there head about an hour to Sturgeon River Gorge taking in the national forest and quiet of nature. After you stop, head another hour back towards L’Anse making one last stop at Falls River Waterfall!
(appx 65mi / 2.5 hrs*) – L’Anse to Falls River loop map (courtesy of Google Maps)
*Please add in time for your stops, pictures, and picnics! These are only estimates.
ATV & OHV
Let’s rev up our off road vehicle engines and venture out on more than 3,100 miles of the best ORV trails in Michigan. Michigan ORV trails host two-track, twisty single-track, rocky hill climbs and soggy mud bogs and welcome dune buggies, dirt bikes, quads and four-wheelers inviting us to enjoy the muddy side of Pure Michigan. ORV Maps
Michigan offers many trail riding opportunities. Michigan’s public Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) trail/route system provides four types of riding opportunities: motorcycle trails, all terrain vehicle (ATV) trails, ORV routes which are open to ORVs of all sizes including Secretary of State licensed vehicles, and scramble areas.
There are five scramble areas, two of which are on state forests (St. Helen’s Motorsport Area and Black Lake Scramble Area), one at Silver Lake State Park, one at Bull Gap in the Huron National Forest, and one at The Mounds, a Genesee County Park.
The ORV trail/route system covers 3,700 miles with 73% on state forests. Of the system, 30% is cycle trail, 50% is ATV trail and 20% is route. In the Lower Peninsula, the system is the only legal place to ride Non-Secretary of State licensed ORVs on public lands other than frozen waters. In the Upper Peninsula, it is legal for ORVs to operate on state forest roads as well as the designated trail system, unless a specific state forest road is posted closed to ORV use. Trails are lightly groomed and riders are likely to encounter narrow sand trails, rough moguls, steep hills, stumps, rocks, brush, loose surfaces and other hazards.