The Best Spots For Fall Colors In North Georgia

The mountains of North Georgia is the perfect place to enjoy the colors of fall. Whether you’re looking into romantic getaways in Georgia or taking a fall family vacation, North Georgia is both a peaceful and beautiful vacation destination. Use the following guide to find the best spots for fall color in North Georgia.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest features about 867,000 acres spanning 26 counties and offering a palette of brilliant reds, golds, and oranges, even shades of pink and purple. Fall color here peaks in late October or early November, much later than New England. The weather is still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors and treacherous roads are no worry. The area is rich with scenic streams and rivers, hiking trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas.

Amicalola Falls State Park is one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. It is home to the state’s tallest waterfall spilling down a vibrant bluff for 720 feet into a mossy forest. The cascading waterfall, the highest east of the Mississippi River is a 7.5-mile hike from the southern end of the famous Appalachian Trail which begins at Georgia’s Springer Mountain. The park has a rustic lodge, campsites, and cottages all nestled in a backdrop of gorgeous fall color during peak season.

Cloudland Canyon is a large, scenic park on the western side of Lookout Mountain. Here the fall color provides the scenery for deep canyons, waterfalls, caves, and sandstone cliffs. For the best hiking paths, check out the easy Overlook Trail, the moderate West Rim Loop Trail, and the challenging Waterfalls Trail. You can also enjoy golf while taking in all the glorious color of an 18-hole disc golf course.

The “Grand Canyon of the East”, Tallulah Gorge is one of North Georgia’s favorite attractions. The gorge is a two-mile-long gash that drops almost 1,000 feet to a remote canyon below. The adjacent Tallulah Falls is a series of six breathtaking falls. During the first two weekends of November, when plenty of fiery fall color is left, is a great time to visit. On these weekends, Georgia Power conducts its bi-annual dam release.

For some of the most outstanding scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains, head to Black Rock Mountain, the state’s highest state park. From here, on a clear day, you can see four surrounding states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesee, and Georgia. Plenty of convenient and safe roadside overlooks provide a spectacular “quilt” of color. The park has four hiking trails, streams, and small waterfalls. The summit visitor’s center has great views, a gift shop, and picnic tables.

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