Go Explore Newaygo This Fall…

Time to get in the car and let’s go exploring in Newaygo County this year. We have mapped a great route that will take you to our quaint communities throughout the region along with our top natural resources and trails.

Explore Michigan’s Dragon, the North Country Trail and our area farm markets on your way through the region.  Make it a weekend and stay at our featured lodging hot spots: Harrington Inn and The Shack.

We can’t wait to see you in Newaygo this fall!

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.

Top Lodging to Explore This Fall

The Harrington Inn
1117 W Main St, Fremont, MI 49412
(231) 924-3083
harringtoninn.net

The Shack
2263 W 14th St, White Cloud, MI 49349
(231) 924-6683
shackcountryinn.com

Top sights you should explore this fall!

Area Farm Markets


Heritage Farm Market
1858 S. Maple Island Fremont, MI 49412
231-854-3276 | heritagefarmmarket.com
Cider pressing, hayrides, corn maze, & farm town.

Nelsons Farm Market
469 W. 112th St. Grant, MI 49327
231-834-8441 | nelsonsfarmmarket.com
Hay rides, pumpkin patch, horse-drawn carriage.

Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam


The Dragon is a world-class mountain biking, hiking and running trail with a 47-mile complete loop around the Hardy Dam Pond. Currently, there are currently 6+ miles open, with continued construction planned thru 2020/2021. The trail provides direct access to pristine forests, parks, campgrounds and an incredible natural landscape. When the trail network is completed, there will be an ADA accessible trail segment, 13 scenic overlooks, 23 bridges, and all along the shores of the world’s third largest earthen dam. Experience the 4,000 acre Hardy Dam Pond, over 2,000 campsites, and countless outdoor recreation opportunities on more than 5,000 acres of land made available for the public by Consumers Energy.

North Country Trail


This beautiful trail is part of the National Parks Trails System and when completed, the 4,600-mile National Scenic Trail will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States, traversing through eight states, from Vermont to North Dakota. The trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas allowing visitors to experience a variety of northern landscapes. White Cloud is located about midpoint on the trail and the restored 100-year-old Birch Grove School House at the corner of Five Mile and Felch roads was the former headquarters for the National Scenic Trail. The trail links scenic, natural, historic and cultural areas in seven states. This is a great way to get back to nature! For more information on the NCT, visit their website at: www.northcountrytrail.org.