Photo Gallery: Kent County Fall Color Tour
Fall color in Michigan was impressive this year, and some pockets of yellow, orange, and red leaves remain across the state. We had a chance to get out and explore the Kent County fall color tour before the colors near Grand Rapids had disappeared, and today our photo gallery will showcase some of the things we saw. The Kent County Road Commission published a guide to five sections of the county and the best routes in each part, taking visitors through small towns, past parks and recreation areas, and around all of the usual prime color spots. You can choose to explore the Southeast (Caledonia, Lowell, Cascade), Southwest (Byron Center, Cutton, Cutlerville), East (Ada, Cannonsburg, Vergennes), West (Alpine, Plainfield), or North (Cedar Springs, Sparta, Rockford) tours or combine them all to see the entire county.
From the Kent County Road Commission: “The five routes guide motorists, cyclists and other travelers along county roads showcasing picturesque seasonal scenes. Along the way, travelers can enjoy Kent County and township parks, each with its own unique character and recreational opportunities. This year’s routes are being designed to avoid active road improvement projects. Drivers are reminded to stay alert for work zones and obey caution signs. Also, fall colors equates to fall harvest. When driving through agricultural areas, drivers must exercise caution, stay alert and remember that farm vehicles moving from field to field cannot turn and brake as easily as passenger vehicles. Slow down, be patient and enjoy a leisurely drive!”
The five routes pass by more than 20 Kent County Parks, helping showcase the outdoor recreation opportunities available near Grand Rapids. The trails at these parks are a great starting point for fall color, and many of these parks are near rivers or streams. Farms and barns provide excellent backdrops for photography. To see maps for these routes head to https://www.kentcountyroads.net/blog/2020-color-tour-of-kent-county. 2020 was another great year for fall color and we can’t wait to head out on another Kent County fall color tour in 2021!