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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Not able to get out of town for a big color tour this weekend? Stick close to home.

Metroparks supporters say you can have a world-class vacation right in metro Detroit, discovering 25,000 acres of autumn’s best colors at the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

“Goldenrods and fall asters are blooming in the fields right now and the red maples are turning color in the woods,” said Kevin Arnold, supervising interpreter at Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, near Flat Rock.

Oakwoods Metropark Nature Area has nearly 400 acres of oak hickory forest, where you can enjoy trails that meander among towering trees, offering views of the lush backwaters of the Huron River, and take advantage of opportunities to see ducks, muskrat, beaver, osprey and bald eagles.

Oaks, maples and birches can be found at most Metroparks.  Native grasses are changing color, from green to gold and wildflowers, such as New England asters, blazing star and goldenrod are in bloom now. Colorful trees and wildflowers can be found at all 13 Metroparks, including the Indian Springs, Kensington, Oakwoods and Stony Creek Metroparks, which are the most popular spots to visit.

Meandering rivers and serene lakes, expansive woodlands and tranquil wetlands provide dramatic backdrops to any outdoor outing. Autumn afternoons can be spent hiking the trails, biking the paved pathways, going on a boat tour or just enjoying a drive along a scenic park road. Interpretive centers offer hands-on activities, guided walks and special events.

You can also go on hayrides at Kensington Metropark Farm Center and Stony Creek Metropark, or wagon rides at Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center.

The peak of the fall color season in Southeast Michigan is generally the second or third week of October — but it’s coming up fast. Color is sprouting out all over.

Time to enjoy!

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