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Experience the Best of FALL in NewayGo County


Fall in NewayGo County welcomes exploration from a new angle.  The same trails and waterways that you love in the summer come dressed in the colors of fall.  We welcome you to experience the colors, flavors, and fun of the fall season by land or by water, through the trails of our deep woods or the streets of our small towns.  There is something for everyone during fall in NewayGo County.

Explorer patch


Experience the colors of fall in a whole new way with the Newaygo County Tourism Council 2021 Exploring Challenge. With over 120 activities such as playing disc golf at Muskegon River Bluffs in Newaygo, biking the Town & Country Path in Fremont, or exploring the Richmond Woods Nature preserve in White Cloud, you can spend the crisp cool days of fall exploring all there is to see and do in NewayGo County. Where will your challenge begin?

​Visit the Challenge page:

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Steelhead Fishing on the Rivers of Newaygo County

Fall is the peak season for steelhead fishing when you’ll find the anglers flocking to the areas below to Croton Dam on the Muskegon River and below the Hesperia Dam on the White River for world-class fishing. Learn all about fishing the rivers of NewayGo County on the Riflers and Reelers page of our website.

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For some, fall color means a tour from the car peeping at leaves, but for others it means wide open adventure.  Ready to hop out of the truck and see fall color from a new perspective? 13+ miles of wooded technical trails invite you to an action-packed color tour biking The Dragon. The initial trail segments include: 7 bridges, 3 scenic overlooks, 100 feet of rock armoring, and 400 feet of wooden boardwalk, creating a trail that is both challenging and fun. 

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Fall Camping

Imagine the cracking of a campfire at a gathering of friends, a fresh cup of coffee warming you up on a crisp cool morning, and wildlife quietly peering at you from behind a nearby tree…this is fall camping in NewayGo County. Whether you are looking for campsites with full hook-up options for your Veurink’s RV, or rustic sites to pop a tent nestled in the heart of the Manistee/Huron National Forest, NewayGo County has just the spot for a relaxing fall camping retreat.

Fall trees over river

Follow the Fall Color Route

As the days become cooler our thoughts turn to cozy hoodies, flickering bonfires, and everything pumpkin spice.  Might just inspire a fall escape to NewayGo County! Let our Fall Color Tour Map lead you along a one-day driving route to winding roads flanked with trees dressed in the colors of fall, quaint downtown streets line with local shops and restaurants, and local farm markets offering the best of the fall harvest. Make it an overnight stay experiencing the delightful amenities at one of our lodging locations, watch our Facebook page for color updates, and start planning your fall getaway today!

Girl hiking on trail

Hiking the NCT – Welcome Center Loop/40th St Trailhead

The North Country Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas across America’s northern heartlands and NewayGo County is home to over 50 miles of the NCT. Experience a section hike of this nationally renowned trail at the Newaygo County Welcome Center.  This looped trail is about 2 miles long and is the perfect fall color hike that anyone of any experience level can enjoy.

ORV in Newaygo


Let’s face it….there’s really no season that doesn’t make us want to hit the trails in our ORVs, right?! But fall is pretty special and NewayGo County is your destination for 2 or 4-wheeling fall fun. The Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail in White Cloud offers over 16 miles to ride in Newaygo County, and connects to other regional trail systems, and don’t forget, the roads of Newaygo County are also Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) friendly.  ORV/ATVs are welcome on any of Newaygo County’s maintained roads and at White Cloud County Park and Diamond Lake Park.

Heritage Farm Barn

Visit a Cider Mill

Fall in Michigan is never complete without a visit to a cider mill.  In NewayGo County you will find two treasured fall destinations: Heritage Farms Market and Nelson’s Farm Market. Gather the family and head to the country to sip some cider, pick a pumpkin, and get lost in a corn maze.  Whether you are 5 or 85, there is just something about a big red barn, the smell of fresh baked goods, and a meandering hayride that keeps us coming back year after year.

Greetings from Newaygo mural

Take in the Arts Tour

While on your fall color tour you won’t want to miss the public art installations of the NewayGo County’s Art Trail.  This self-guided tour will show you the way to 25+ public art installations along a simple to navigate route around the county.  Enjoy original artist’s works from murals to sculpture while you take in the fall colors of the quaint towns of our region.  Explore 11 public art displays on a walking tour of Fremont, and then take a ride to enjoy even more historic and creative works of art throughout the county.

White tail buck

Hunting on Public Land

With fall comes the highly anticipated hunting seasons for white tail deer, small game, and waterfowl. NewayGo County welcomes sportsmen & women to hunt public land throughout the fall season and into winter.  The MI-Hunt map will help you find just the right spot to plan your outing. Learn more about hunting our area on our Riflers and Reelers page and read our blog for the not-to-miss sport shops and restaurants during your hunt.

So many ways to enjoy fall – here are some top spots on our route.

  1. Downtown Newaygo-shops & dining & walking trail along Muskegon River.
  2. Hardy Dam on the north and Croton Dam on the south. Walk the trail at Conklin Park for a high view of Croton Dam or the Hardy Dam Rustic Trail.
  3. White Cloud features Rotary & Millpond Parks along the White River.
  4. This stretch south of 11 Mile has rolling hills that give great vistas of color. 
  5. A block north is Hesperia’s dam for photos of fish jumping.
  6. This corner has several Amish businesses.
  7. Fremont has many resale shops and restaurants.
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