Explore the beauty of autumn in your Genesee County Parks

October 13, 2016 | Amy McMillan

Fall colors are expected to peak in Genesee County between October 21 and 28, and some of the very best places to experience this glorious display are in your Genesee County Parks.

One of our favorite ways to take in the colors is by walking or biking the trail that starts at Lion’s Park on the corner of Stanley and Genesee Roads, meanders past the Bluegill Boat Launch, continues on to picturesque Stepping Stone Falls, and ends at Bluebell Beach. When it winds around Mott Lake, you’ll be treated to wide views of the shoreline, and you’re likely to see migrating birds and some of the wildlife that make this area their home.

The trail is part of both the Flint River Trail system and Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail, and it has a connection at Bray Road that will take you all the way to downtown Flint!

No bicycle? No worry!

There’s a new Zagster bike share station that is part of the Flint Bike Share program. You can pick up bicycles at the station behind the  Parks office on E. Stanley Road or at the Cultural Center near downtown. For more information about this inexpensive and fun way to explore the trails by bicycle, go to http://bike.zagster.com/flint/.

Richfield County Park in Davison is another great location for observing spectacular color. The park offers a scenic two-mile trail that crosses the Flint River twice, and dogs are welcome on a six-foot leash.  Children love the park’s custom-designed playscape!

For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum in Burton is a treasure any time of the year and a special treat in autumn. The 116-acre arboretum has more than 150 varieties of trees and shrubs. There are trails of varying terrain that offer easy access for walkers and hikers of all abilities – even those using wheelchairs and walkers or pushing strollers. If you dream of seeing the fall colors from up in the trees, stop by For-Mar’s barrier free treehouse built this summer by Pete Nelson and his talented crew from Nelson Treehouse and supply – stars of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters! It’s currently open Sunday thru Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you want to follow the progress of the fall colors here in your Genesee County Parks, visit our facebook page where we will be posting fall color updates twice a week – https://www.facebook.com/GeneseeCountyParks/?ref=bookmarks

To keep track of the progress of fall colors in Michigan, go to http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/09/when_michigan_fall_colors_will.html

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