Who says the outdoor adventures have to stop when temperatures drop? Here in the Great Lakes State, we’re lucky to house countless natural destinations that retain their beauty year-round, and there’s nothing more wonderful than a weekend of autumn camping. Here are nine stunning campgrounds in Michigan that come to life in the fall.
1. Yankee Springs State Park (2104 Briggs Rd S, Middleville)
The campground at Yankee Springs remains open until the end of November, so you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy an outdoor adventure at this lovely locale. Located on the shores of Gun Lake, this spot truly offers a little something for everyone. Walk through fall foliage on one of the area’s trails, gaze at the peaceful water, or simply chat around the campfire with friends.
2. Tahquamenon Falls State Park (41382 West M 123, Paradise)
When it comes to autumn colors, it’s nearly impossible to beat Tahquamenon Falls. Stay a night or two at the park’s on-site campground, which remains open year-round. During your camping excursion, you’ll spend plenty of time exploring the natural wonderland surrounding the falls — which are absolutely stunning in themselves. Few spots in Michigan are quite so breathtaking.
3. Holland State Park (2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland)
This beautiful destination tucked away along the coast of Lake Michigan offers four separate campgrounds to choose from, each of which sits just moments away from the sights and sounds of the sandy shores. Gaze at the famous "Big Red" lighthouse, catch a breathtaking sunset, and venture into downtown Holland for a charming look at small-town life in the fall.
4. Interlochen State Park (4167 M-137, Interlochen)
This large park is a perfect spot to get away from everyday life and relax with family and friends. Tucked away approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Traverse City, Interlochen State Park offers ample opportunities to bask in the fresh air and reconnect with nature. The park’s camping areas remain open until the beginning of November, so there’s still time to explore!
5. Bertha Brock Park (2311 Bluewater Hwy, Ionia)
Weather permitting, this beautiful park in Ionia remains open for camping through the end of October. You’ll see some of the most stunning fall colors imaginable when you spend a weekend exploring Bertha Brock, which offers campgrounds on a first-come, first-served basis. The park will also charm you with its hiking trails, picnic areas, and generally peaceful atmosphere.
6. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Munising)
If you’ve never visited Pictured Rocks in the fall, you’re truly missing out. Make the journey northward to Munising for an absolutely unforgettable experience among some of the loveliest autumn colors and magical waterfalls you’ve ever seen. Through the end of October, visitors can appreciate the sights and sounds of the Lake Superior coast during camping trips to Pictured Rocks.
7. Ludington State Park (8800 W. M-116, Ludington)
Ludington State Park is truly a nature-lover’s paradise. From sandy shorelines to vibrant fall foliage to a historic lighthouse, there’s something here to delight every member of the family. With 355 campsites to select from, there are plenty of spots to explore upon arriving at the park. Once you visit Ludington, you’ll never want to return to "real life."
8. Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping (9730 US-23, Mackinaw City)
If you want to avoid crowds, head to this campground for a refreshing fall experience. Until the end of September, campers can explore this stunning destination that’s located just moments from Mackinaw City, Lake Huron, and the Straits of Mackinac. Gaze out at the Mackinac Bridge, stay the night in a lovely lakefront cabin, or simply set up a tent and relax for a day or two.
9. Tawas Point State Park (686 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas)
This beautiful park along the shores of Tawas Bay is full to the brim with wonderful flora and fauna. Bask in the crisp fall weather, marvel at the cool waters, or bring out the binoculars for a bit of birdwatching. If you’re seeking a less rustic camping experience, Tawas Point offers year-round cabin rental for approximately $50 to $90 per night. This is one camping trip you’ll never forget.
Do you have a favorite autumn camping destination in the Great Lakes State? We’d love to hear your suggestions and see your photos in the comment section below. Happy fall!