A view of the Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail where it runs through Dexter-Huron Metropark in Scio Township on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. ANN ARBOR, MI – Milder temperatures and eye-popping colors make October a perfect month to hop on a bike and take in the best fall has to offer in the Ann Arbor area.
MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa predicts peak color change coming toward the tail end of this month in southeast Michigan.
Thanks to trail advocates and pathway development initiatives, many Washtenaw County residents have a car-free route for cycling a short ride or drive away from where they live.
Chief among them is the Washtenaw County Border-to-Border (B2B) Trail , now spanning about 35 non-continuous miles and looping in a handful of parks and natural areas perfect for leaf-peeping. Those who prefer dirt to pavement also have no shortage of options, particularly in the western part of the county.
Here are a few places to take in the fall colors by bike before they’re gone.
Huron River Drive and the B2B Trail to Dexter
While not a pathway built purely for bikes, Huron River Drive northwest of Ann Arbor can feel like one on the weekends, when Lycra-clad cyclists outnumber drivers.The roughly seven-mile stretch between the Barton Nature Area and Zeeb Road winds along the Huron River, with minimal climbing, great views of the water and few interruptions along the route.Plug into the B2B Trail at the western edge of this section for a quick jaunt into downtown Dexter via […]