Fairview sits on the "Grayling outwash plain", a unique habitat. Glaciers shaped the area, creating a unique regional ecosystem. A large portion of the area is the so-called Grayling outwash plain, which consists of broad outwash plain including sandy ice-disintegration ridges; jack pine barrens, some white pine-red pine forest, and northern hardwood forest. Large lakes were created by glacial action.
Steiner's Museum of pioneer artifacts is in Fairview.
The Michigan Au Sable Valley Railroad is located in Fairview. It is a 1/4 scale 16 gauge railroad, that offers rides on a passenger train through the scenic Northern Michigan landscape. The railroad runs on weekends from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. It operates in jack pine country between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It is also open the first two weekends in October for fall colors. This is optimal for viewing of Kirtland's Warblers, as they are usually in the area between May and October. Riders travel through parts of the Huron National Forest and overlook the beautiful Comins Creek Valley. It takes riders on the "route of the Kirtland’s Warbler." The roadbed includes two trestles and a tunnel, as well as many natural attractions. It was built by Diane and Howard Schrader, and took almost ten years to build. Though they still run the train today, youngsters now help run the train as conductors. Popcorn and beverages are available for refreshment. There is also a gift shop to obtain train trinkets and keepsakes from the train catalog also run by the Schraders. Train rides are free for those under the age of two; all others cost six dollars for a ticket.
ORV, motorcycle and groomed snowmobile trails, including the renowned Bull Gap.
Every year, Fairview Area Schools puts on Eagle Festival. This festival is in the second week of October, and is a fundraiser for Fairview School's athletic department. The festival includes a parade, soccer games, a silent auction, car shows, kiddie games and more.