New 1-Hr Fall Drive Uncovers Local Treasures West of GR, Includes Barns, Brews & Hidden Gems!

FALL COLOR & FUN ROUTE Ottawa county

Follow the Grand River on this Colorful Fall Drive Through Ottawa County

Take this 1-Hr Fall Drive Fall Color Tour Route for the best Ottawa County fall fun!

The fall magic of Michigan’s fall colors is coming to your own backyard.

We’ve pinpointed some real local treasures for you and put this on one easy route along the Grand River in Ottawa County.

Better yet, it’s only one hour of driving!

Ottawa County Fall Color Tour
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Freshly-baked donuts that have autumn written all over them, a brand new winery pouring perfect fall flavors, twinkle lights, bonfires, hard cider and hayrides, and that charming covered bridge and tree house you’ve probably heard of but never visited.

Farmhaus Cider Outside
Farmhaus Cider in Hudsonville

Grab your keys, maybe a friend or two, and let’s dive into the autumn wonders of the Grand River corridor in Ottawa County!

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Stops on the Route

On this route, we’ll take you to a covered bridge, suspension bridge, hiking trails, hard cider and food trucks, farm donuts and your regular apple cider, a winery, fall pumpkin corrals, scenic drives, Lake Michigan beaches, scenic Lake Michigan overlooks, and more donuts and apple cider.

Suspension Bridge at Grand Ravines South
Suspension Bridge at Grand Ravines South

Are you ready? Buckle up and check off all those fun things to do from your fall bucket list!

Pro Tip: Many businesses in this region are not open on Sundays. We’ve listed the open hours for each stop for your convenience.

1) Grand Ravines North: Tree House & Covered Bridge

Your first stop on this tour is Grand Ravines Park.

Address: 9920 42nd Ave, Georgetown Twp, MI 49428

Open Hours:

  • March 1 – October 15: 7 AM – 10 PM pm
  • October 16 – February 28: 7 AM – 8 PM

Why go? Grand Ravines Park is a standout in the Ottawa County Park system, spanning 202 acres. This park is a must-see in the fall, with vibrant colors everywhere you look. Not only can you find hardwood forests and deep ravines, but it’s also right by the Grand River and surprisingly close to GVSU.

The tree house at this park offers stunning tree top views and perfect fall color photo ops. Find it near the lodge building, just off of the parking lot.

Grand Ravines Tree House
Grand Ravines Tree House at North Entrance

Looking for a scenic walk? Follow the paved path and let it lead you through some ridiculously good-looking views as you make your way down to covered bridge by the Grand River. (The covered bridge is a short hike from the lodge. Start at the lodge at the North entrance.)


Duration: Spend around 30-40 minutes exploring.

Grand Ravines Park

Restrooms: Clean, modern restrooms are available at both entrances.

If you have more time:

Head over to the South Entrance of the park and hike out to the suspension bridge and go down into the ravines on the trails. (3991 Fillmore St, Jenison, MI 49428)

Barn at Grand Ravines South
Barn at Grand Ravines South

This park offers a unique and beautiful backdrop for your family pictures.

2) Grand Valley Campus Drive

Why go? Many people don’t know that Grand Valley’s Allendale Campus Drive is tree-lined and lovely in the fall. Take this opportunity to mosey through campus on your way to the next stop.

If you stay on the main drive, you’ll make your way to the main entrance.

Grand Valley State University in Fall photo Josh Maynard GVSU
Grand Valley State University in Fall, photo: Josh Maynard GVSU

Duration: A quick 10-minute drive.

Route through Campus: Google Maps

3) Little Community of Lamont

Address: Lamont, MI

Why go? Enjoy the beauty of a quaint historic community offering lovely fall colors. The winding road that runs through the little berg, Leonard St, is locally famous for just how pretty it is, especially in the fall.

Duration: Just passing through.

Fun Fact: Founded in 1833, Lamont is named after Lamont Chubb, a GR citizen who convinced the town to change its name from Steel’s Landing to Lamont. His tool of persuasion? He offered the town a road scraper in exchange for the name change.

Lamont, MI
Church in Lamont, MI

4) Green Vale Farm Creamery

Address: 6553 Leonard St, Coopersville, MI 49404

Open Hours:

  • Mon-Fri: 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Sat: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Green Vale Farms Creamery

Why go? What strikes you first: the gorgeous green barns! Plan your visit right, and you’ll be able to go into the farm store, grab some farm-fresh cheese, talk to the farmers, and even see the animals.

What can you buy? At Green Vale Farm Creamery, here’s what you can snag:

  1. Handmade Cheese: Made fresh from the day’s milk!
  2. Cheese Curds: A delightful treat.
  3. Locally-Processed Meats: Quality cuts.
  4. Homemade Baked Goods: Think Dutch apple bread, cinnamon rolls, and seasonal pies. (Some are pre-order) Green Vale Farm Cinnamon Rolls
  5. Pumpkins: Available during the fall season.

Duration: Plan to stop for about 20-30 minutes.

green vale farm cheese
green vale farm chicken and eggs

Website: Green Vale Creamery

Insider Info: Check their Facebook page for special offerings like homemade apple pies.

Green Vale Farm Creamery Autumn

5) Eastmanville Farm County Park

Address: 7851 Leonard St, Coopersville, MI 49404

Open Hours:

  • March 1 – October 15: 7 AM – 10 PM
  • October 16 – February 28: 7 AM – 8 PM

Why go? It’s like a trip back in time. Old barns, a historic cemetery, and sprawling fields with trails are here.

Eastmanville Farm Park Ottawa County

Once a Michigan “poor farm,” this place is now a beautiful 200-acre Ottawa County park.

Here you will find open fields, a beautiful rustic red barn, hiking trails, equestrian trails, rustic toilets, and picnic tables.

Eastmanville Farms Park Cemetery
Historic Cemetery at Eastmanville Farm Park

Duration: If you want to hike to the cemetery, plan 30-60 minutes for this stop.

Eastmanville Farm Info →

Eastmanville Farm Park Ottawa County

Side Trip: If you’re over here on a weekday or Saturday, detour north to Gavin Orchards and their farm market.

6) Chittenden Farms

Address: 15925 138th Ave, Spring Lake, MI 49456

Open Hours: They’re open from dawn till dusk and offer hayrides Saturday and Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM.

Chittenden Farms Pumpkins

Why go? Stumble across Chittenden Farms and you’ve found this hidden away spot for pumpkins and hayrides that couldn’t be more quaint.

Duration: 15 minutes to get a pumpkin and snap photos, longer if you want a hayride.

CHittenden Farm Pumpkin Patch Ottawa County

Driving M-231

Route Description: Chittenden Farms to Bethke Farms via M-231: When you’re driving south from Chittenden Farms to Bethke Farms, you’ll be cruising down M-231, a recently constructed highway. As you drive, you’ll be flanked by a canvas of hardwood trees showing off their rich oranges, deep reds, and sunny fall yellows.

Grand River Bridge:
The highlight of M-231! The M-231 bridge over the Grand River is impressive. Spanning nearly ¾ mile, it’s the seventh-largest bridge in Michigan. It rises 35 feet above the river, giving you an extended look at the Grand River and the fall colors along its banks.

7) Bethke Farms

Address: 12124 136th Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Open Hours:

  • Mon-Thurs: 4 PM – 7 PM
  • Fri-Sun: 10 AM – 7 PM
Bethke Farm Corn Maze
Bethke Farms Corn Maze

Why go? Families from all over West Michigan make it a point to visit the sprawling pumpkin fields at Bethke Farms in Grand Haven.

What you’ll find here: a welcoming place with an easy, fun corn maze, a giant pumpkin patch, and a just-right hayride.

There is no admission to enter the farm. Hayrides are $5, the corn maze is $5, and pumpkins – 50 cents a pound.

Duration: An hour or so depending on the activities you choose.

Open September 23 Thru October 30, 2023


8) Fox and Hen Winery

Address: 13373 104th Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Open Hours: Fri and Sat: 11 AM – 8 PM

Why go? New winery alert! A brand new winery has opened up in the Grand Haven area and you can be among the first to experience their wonderful atmosphere and delicious wine.

Fox and Hen Winery

What you’ll find during your experience: wine, cider, charcuterie, chocolate, and soft drinks.

While this is a wine-tasting room geared towards adults, they do have a few things to keep the kids busy.

We did the wine flight with the chocolate flight pairing and it was excellent.

FOx and Hen Vineyards Chocolate FLight

Duration: Chill for an hour or so.

Website: Fox and Hen Winery

Fox and Hen Winery

9) Farmhaus Cider

Address: 5025 STANTON ST. HUDSONVILLE, MI 49426

Open Hours: Wednesdays in October: 4-10 PM, Thur-Fri: 4-10 PM, Sat-Sun: 1-10 PM/1-8 PM

Farmhaus Cider
Sample Farmhaus Cider by the flight or by the bottle

Why go? An enchanting spot hidden in the woods. Sip cider under the stars, with cozy bonfires and magical twinkle lights. Food trucks on occasion. Well-behaved kids welcomed.

Duration: A magical 1-2 hours.

Duration: Chill for an hour or so.

Website: Farmhaus Cider

Farmhaus Cider

10) Post Family Farm

Address: 5081 Bauer Rd, Hudsonville, MI 49426

Open Hours: Mon-Thur: Noon – 7 PM, Fri Noon – 6 PM, Sat 10 AM – 6 PM, Until Nov 3.

Donuts: Mon-Thurs: 7:30 AM – 7 PM, Fri-Sat: 7:30 AM – 6 PM

Post Family Farms Exterior
Post Family Farms Playground

Why go? It’s an all-in-one spot: delish donuts, fun hayrides, a corn maze adventure, and more. It’s farm fun cranked up to 11.

A fun little farm offering donuts, hayrides, a petting farm and a pumpkin patch. Stop in and get freshly made pumpkin donuts and farm-fresh cider. Take the hayride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins. Or get lost in the corn maze.

Duration: Spend a good 2 hours here, easy if you’re playing.

Post Family Farms Donuts

With so much to do, this is another spot you can easily spend a few hours at.

Post Family Farms Hayride

You Should Know: They host school field trips and can get pretty busy during the weekdays.

Our review: What it’s like a Post Family Farm

Bonus Stops on the Lakeshore

Another fabulous place to see the colors is along Lakeshore Dr between Grand Haven and Holland. From north to south, here area few stops that add to that drive:

Rosy Mound Natural Area

13925 Lakeshore Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Rosy Mound Natural Area offers beautiful wooded trails leading to a sandy beach along Lake Michigan. The paths are a mixture of gravel and a wooden boardwalk. 

The trail to the beach is surrounded by trees just waiting to burst into color this fall. Don’t wait on this stop and the trails.

Grand Haven Rosy Mound View From the Top

Mt. Pisgah Scenic Overlook

2238 3rd Ave, Holland, MI 49424

Mt. Pisgah is a noteworthy location along the lake shore cities and a local icon in Holland, MI.

Climb the hundreds of steps of Mount Pisgah to stunning panoramic views of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. It’s fun to go up. And, if you like to hike, there are more trails at the top.

If you time it right, you can get here in the evening and catch the sunset at Mt. Pisgah. With the elevation, the Big Lake, and Lake Mac while surrounded by foliage of differing hues and colors. Perfection **Chef’s kiss**.

Note for Mt Pisgah parking: parking is not directly at the entrance. There is a parking lot about 1,000 feet west of the entrance on the south side of the road. You’ll find it at the Black Lake Boardwalk East Park

Unfortunately, there are no public restrooms available at Mt. Pisgah.

For a donut stop in Holland visit Bowerman’s Blueberry Farm. They have locations on James Street and a cafe downtown Bowerman’s on 8th. While they are locally famous for their homemade blueberry donuts, they offer apple and pumpkin donuts in the fall season.

Mt. Pisgah hiking trials mom and son resting on benches at overlook
View of Lake Macatawa From Mt. Pisgah

What Did We Miss?

We just couldn’t find a way to work the new Farmhaus Farms (the old Moelker Orchards) into the route and keep it at an hour but you should definitely stop there for apples and donuts if you can!

Let us know in the comments if you have other places we should add or if you’ve tried any of the places along the route. Happy fall!

Dirt road in Ottawa County with fall colors

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