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    - Must Do Activities This Fall -

    Find your way through Jacob's Corn Maze

    Three separate corn mazes to chose from, as well as a farm market featuring pumpkins, fruit and vegetables. Located 3.5 Miles from West Grand Traverse Bay. Across from Gallagher's Farm Market.

    Hike the Brown Bridge Quiet Area

    Hike the trails and enjoy the color changes and find yourself at the backwaters of the Dam that form the 191-acre Brown Bridge Pond, offering great opportunities for fishing, photography, and wildlife observation. 11 Miles SE of Traverse City. Click link for map & directions.

    Petting Zoo and Pumpkin Patch at Gallagher's Farm Market

    A great way to spend an hour or two. Pick out your pumpkins for carving, visit the farm animals and maybe get a sweet treat in their bakery. Conveniently located 3 1/2 miles west of Traverse City on M-72.

    Pick Apples at Hoxsie Orchards

    Kids of all ages enjoy the experience of apple picking! Sweeten up the experience even more by making an apple pie together when you get home. Located at 6620 East M72, Williamsburg. For more information, call (231)267-9087.

    Take a color tour on Horse Back!

    Ranch Rudolf offers horseback riding tours on weekends throughout October.

    Apple Picking

    Hoxsie Orchards

    Corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, u-pick apples.

    6620 East M72, Williamsburg (231)267-9087

    Corn Mazes

    Gallagher's Farm Market and Bakery

    Each fall Gallagher's has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and welcomes school groups and families to visit the farm. Conveniently located 3 1/2 miles west of Traverse City on M-72. Open until October 31.

    Hoxsie Orchards

    Corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, u-pick apples.

    6620 East M72, Williamsburg (231)267-9087

    Jacob's Corn Maze

    Three separate corn mazes to chose from, as well as a farm market featuring pumpkins, fruit and vegetables. Located 3.5 Miles from West Grand Traverse Bay. Across from Gallagher's Farm Market.

    Pahl's Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides, pony rides and farm animals.

    7310 Zue Road, Buckley, MI

    Events

    Little Artshram

    Year-round educational programs celebrating creativity and encouraging fun, hands-on exploration through a variety of programs and events.

    Hay Rides

    Hoxsie Orchards

    Corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, u-pick apples.

    6620 East M72, Williamsburg (231)267-9087

    Ranch Rudolf

    Horseback riding tours and activities.

    6841 Brown Bridge Rd (231) 947-9529

    Rennie Orchards

    "Rennie Orchards offers every member of the family an opportunity to learn more about where our food comes from, but also engages children and adults in the festivities of the harvest with miniature cottages and hay bale mazes for the kids, a cozy log cabin and a large cornfield/sunflower maze for adults, hayrides, tours, the apple wagon, u-pick/we-pick cherries and more. You buy direct from us and see first-hand where your produce is grown while at the same time enjoying some good, old-fashioned fun down on the farm."

    11221 Munro Rd., Williamsburg (231) 264-8387

    Shanty Creek

    1 Shanty Creek Rd., Bellaire (800) 678-4111

    Hikes

    Boardman Lake Trail

    The 2-mile-long wooded trail along the east side of Boardman Lake was completed in October 2005. Access and parking at the north end is off Hannah Road just south of the Traverse Area District Library and at the south end from Medalie Park in the Logan's Landing area off South Airport Road. The heavily wooded, serene trail is paved for the northern mile. The southern mile has a crushed limestone surface.

    Access and parking at the north end is off Hannah Road just south of the Traverse Area District Library and at the south end from Medalie Park in the Logan's Landing area off South Airport Road.

    Brown Bridge Quiet Area

    The backwaters of the Dam form the 191-acre Brown Bridge Pond that offers great opportunities for fishing, no wake boating, and wildlife observation. 11 Miles SE of Traverse City. Click link for map & directions.

    11 Miles SE of Traverse City. Click link for map & directions.

    Pierce Stocking Scenic

    The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is certainly a must-do activity when visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is a 7.4 mile self-guided auto tour with spectacular overlooks of the Glen Lakes, the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan.

    Off M-109 in Empire, MI

    Power Island

    Power Island is a 205-acre island nature preserve in West Grand Traverse Bay just off Bower's Harbor. It is filled with northern hardwoods, including beech, sugar maple, basswood and red oak, as well as more than 250 plant species. Approximately 11 miles of hiking trails weave through the island's interior. Due to Power Island's proximity to Traverse City, it is a popular boating and picnicking destination.

    (231) 922-4818 accessible by boat only

    Pyramid Point

    On this 2.7 mile (4.3 km) trail, you will find three extremely different environments: meadow, beech-maple forest and high bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan. Please do not descend the bluff for your own safety and to protect the natural setting. The trail includes several steep hills.

    9922 Front St Empire, MI 49630 (231) 326-5134

    TART Trails

    Paved foot and bike path extending from Acme to Suttons Bay. Several access/parking areas to choose from.

    Horse Back Riding

    Ranch Rudolf

    Horseback riding tours and activities.

    6841 Brown Bridge Rd (231) 947-9529

    Whispering Valley Ranch

    Lessons $20/hour or $13/half hour

    Windsonnet Stables

    Lessons $25/hour or $15/half hour or $200 for 10 one hour sessions. Located at 2526 Lake Ann Rd., Interlochen, MI Phone (231) 275-3849

    Pumpkin Patches

    Gallagher's Farm Market and Bakery

    Each fall Gallagher's has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and welcomes school groups and families to visit the farm. Conveniently located 3 1/2 miles west of Traverse City on M-72. Open until October 31.

    Hoxsie Orchards

    Corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, u-pick apples.

    6620 East M72, Williamsburg (231)267-9087

    Jacob's Corn Maze

    Located 3.5 Miles from West Grand Traverse Bay.

    Pahl's Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides, pony rides and farm animals.

    7310 Zue Road, Buckley, MI


“It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honour nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.”
- Jimmy Carter