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Six Reasons to Visit Michigan’s Thumbcoast in the fall

As the summer warmth gradually gives way to a crisp and refreshing breeze, the landscape transforms into a mesmerizing tapestry of vibrant colors. The picturesque towns that dot the coastline take on a cozy charm as they embrace the season. Whether you’re strolling along the sandy shores, indulging in local harvest festivals, or embarking on a scenic drive, the Thumbcoast in the fall promises an unforgettable getaway that captures the heart and soul of the season. Here are my top six reasons to visit; grab your pumpkin-spiced drink and head this way.

#1 The Fall Colors

Follow the red, orange & yellow trail along the scenic M29 – M25 route. There are countless charming shoreline communities worthy of a stop along the way. Use the digital map link below to help you plan and navigate the ultimate fall colors road trip!

#2 Farms & Orchards

  • Corn Maze Adventure & Pumpkin Patch – Casco
  • Beck’s Farm & Produce – Clyde
  • McCallum’s Orchard & Cider Mill – Jeddo
    • Sunflower Patch is open starting Sept. 15th
  • O’Hair Farms – Croswell
  • Pankiewicz Cider Mill & Farm Market – Casco
  • Autumn Acres Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – Harbor Beach
    • Open Saturday – Sunday in October

Photo by O’Hair Farms

#3 Halloween & Fall-Inspired Events

Sept. 11 – Oct. 16 | Fall Tai Chi Drop-in Classes, St. Clair

Sept. 16 | Fall Mushroom Walk, Port Austin

Sept. 16 | Harvest Festival – Chili Cook-off, Harbor Beach

Sept. 20 | Murder Mayhem Trolley Tour – Port Huron

Sept. 22 | Cemetery Tour, Port Huron

Sept. 23 | Fall Craft Fair, Fort Gratiot

Sept. 24 | Fall-in for Dogs, Jeddo

Sept. 28 | More Murder, More Mayhem Trolley Tour – Port Huron

Sept. 30 | OktoberFest, Port Huron

Sept. 30 | Lakeside Cemetery History Tour, Port Huron

Sept. 30 | Scarecrow Saturday, Fort Gratiot

Oct. 6 | Hopstober Fest, Port Huron

Oct. 6 – 7 | Harvest Moon Yoga Retreat, Lexington

Oct. 6 – 22 | Murder by Poe – Enter Stage Right Theatre, Port Huron

Oct. 7 | SCCLS Zombie Shamble, Spooky Walk – Fort Gratiot

Oct. 7 | Family Fall Festival, Jeddo

Oct. 7 – 29 | Fall Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze – Goodells

Oct. 13 | Fall Art Hop, Port Huron

Oct. 13 | Cemetery Tour, Port Huron

Oct. 13 | Adult Halloween Party, Port Sanilac

Oct. 13 | Creepy Baby Doll Contest, Port Sanilac

Oct. 14 | Haunted Village & Creepy Baby Doll Contest, Port Sanilac

Oct. 14 | Halloween Acrylic Pours, Port Huron

Oct. 14 – 15 | Murder Mayhem Trolley Tours, Port Huron

Oct. 21 | Paranormal Investigations Carnegie Center, Port Huron

Oct. 21 | Trucks & Treats, Port Huron

Oct. 21 | Halloween in the ‘Nac, Algonac

Oct. 21 | Haunted Village & Creepy Baby Doll Contest, Port Sanilac

Oct. 21 | Nightmare on Lake Street Haunted Hayride, Port Austin

Oct. 22 | SC4 Symphonic Band “The Colors of Fall,” Port Huron

Oct. 26 | Murder Mayhem Trolley Tour, Port Huron

Oct. 27 | Halloween Ball, Port Huron

Oct. 27 – 28 | Rocky Horror Show Live, Port Huron

Oct. 28 | Halloween Stroll, Port Huron

Oct. 28 | Paranormal Investigations Fort Gratiot Light, Port Huron

Oct. 28 | Psychic Medium Halloween Event, Lexington

Oct. 28 | Nightmare on Lake Street Haunted Hayride, Port Austin

Oct. 31 Murder Mayhem Trolley Tour, Port Huron

Oct. 31 | Beauty & the Beast Meet & Greet, Yale

Oct. 31 | Trunk or Treat, Port Sanilac

Nov. 3 | Owl Prowl, Port Huron

#4 The Bird Migration

The eastside of Michigan is between two bird migration flyways, the Mississippi and Atlantic. Waterfowl, water birds, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors will pass through Michigan on their way south to their wintering grounds, according to the Michigan DNR. A great source to check the migration forecast and hot zones is at Bird Cast. Locally, there are a few hot spots where I’ll often see professional birders. Lighthouse Beach and the Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron are the two best locations to check out.

#5 The Real Haunts

If you dare, take a chilling tour of the 10 scariest places in the Thumbcoast on our HAUNTED TOUR. Be sure to bring a friend with you so you don’t get too scared, some will claim these are the locations of real haunts! Use #DiscoverTheBlue and share all your ghostly adventures with us!

#6 Fishing

Fishing in the fall is excellent, just ask any of the local charters. Although there are many fish varieties to be caught, walleye is the preferred fall catch for many anglers. Mark Romanack of Woods-N-Water News says “Anglers who target walleye in the fall are winners either way, and the fishing just gets better as the leaves drop and the temperatures get colder.” Some of the noted great spots are where Lake Huron meets the St. Clair River and in the St. Clair River. View the full article for more details. Get the local fishing report by calling (810) 984-FISH.

Oh My Gourd!

Discover 400 + videos of Michigan’s Thumbcoast in every season on our TikTok page! Seasonal tip, check out War Water Brewery in St. Clair and try their seasonal Oktoberfest Beer on tap or in a can.

Article by Katie Stepp, Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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