Autumn is officially here, and the trees are starting to change. Soon, we will be in peak time for fall colors. According to Pure Michigan Fall Color Map, the entire state of Michigan will be in peak fall color season starting mid-October.

In Flint & Genesee, there are plenty of places to catch the beauty of fall with over 11,000 acres of county parks, beautiful small towns and urban trails.

Here are some places you can see fall colors in Flint & Genesee:

Visit a local park

Flint & Genesee is home to the largest county parks system in the state of Michigan. There are plenty of places to go on a fall color hike including Buell Lake County Park in Clio, Richfield County Park in Davison and Flushing County Park in Flushing. In Burton, For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum is hosting a variety of events for visitors to view the changes including fall color rides throughout the month of October.

Explore one of Flint & Genesee’s downtowns

Flint & Genesee’s cities and towns are perfect places to explore fall colors. Plenty of places have events throughout the month to drive visitors to come to explore their city. In Fenton, each Thursday and Friday until the end of October the Street Experience downtown invites individuals to walk the streets of historic Dibbleville. In downtown Flint, events such as the 2nd Friday Artwalk and Flint Mural Tours bring individuals downtown to see the fall colors.

Get on the water

Kayaking and canoeing is a great way to see all that fall has to offer. The Flint River extends through most of Genesee County with launches in Flint and Flushing. Kayak rentals and guided paddles are available through Kayak Flint located at Tenacity Brewing in downtown Flint. In Fenton and Linden, the Shiawassee River flows through the cities with both containing launches. In Linden, Sunshine Kayak Rental rents kayaks and is located next to the kayak launch on the Shiawassee River.

Check out a local orchard

Apple orchards are the pinnacle of fall fun and in Flint & Genesee there are plenty of local orchards to visit throughout the county. Check out this Explore Flint & Genesee blog post, “Experience the Orchards in Flint & Genesee.”