Who needs extra reasons to be outdoors in a Traverse City autumn? In case you do, the region's lovely forests and uplands are still the perfect place for fall adventures. Birders gather here for the fall migration, when migratory birds pass through on their long flight to winter in warmer climates. This is one of the country's growing birding areas, largely because so many of its best birding spots are on public land, easily accessible to visitors.
If you enjoy racing through the woods on an ATV, or you've comer Up North to hunt deer, birds or small game, you'll be glad to know that the Traverse City area is surrounded by miles and miles of state and national forest land, much of it open to hunters and four-wheelers.
Fall is the perfect time for horseback riding, and there are several well-developed riding trails and stables in the area. Disc golf aficionados will find several challenging courses scattered throughout the region, too -- and geocachers don't need to be told that this part of Michigan has hundreds of intriguing caches, just waiting to be discovered!