Barns & Byways Tour

The Barns & Byways Tour has celebrated the proud agricultural heritage of Mason County, Michigan since 2008. Even though the last "official tour" was in 2011, you can still visit the back roads of Mason County and surrounding area to experience the spectacular fall colors.

It's such a relaxing drive--bring your camera and a picnic lunch and make a day of it. It's an activity that's family friendly and absolutely free.

Recently, there has been quite a change to the landscape with the addition of the majestic wind turbines throughout Summit and Riverton townships. The Fall Color Tour is best enjoyed in October when the red, gold and orange leaves are at their peak.

Photo by Mark Steigenga

History of the Barns & Byways Tour

The first Barns & Byways tour, organized by the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce, was held in October 2008. The barns tour successfully welcomed over 400 people to view the historic landmarks of our beautiful country roads. Eight Mason County barns were open to the public; the barns are still in use by families whose ancestors date back nearly a century. Most of these historic barns are located on Conrad Road and in Victory Township, where visitors toured the inside and compared architecture.

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Fall Festivals & Events in West Michigan: Ludington, Manistee, Pentwater, Silver Lake, and more...

More to Love About Autumn in West Michigan...

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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