Fall is here and the National Forest Service reports that leaf-changing season in the North Georgia Mountains is approaching peak viewing. This is great news for families in Atlanta that love to load up and head out to the mountains every fall.
So, when exactly is the best time to experience the glorious changing colors in the North Georgia Mountains? This year, peak viewing time will occur from October 15th-25th. For the most part, clear and sunny skies are predicted, which enhances fall color development.
Below are some recommended viewing routes:
- Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway
- Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway
- U.S. Highway 76 from Ellijay to all points east to the state line and South Carolina
- Georgia Highway 60 between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge
- Georgia Highway 52 between Chatsworth and Ellijay
- Georgia Highway 129 between Cleveland and Blairsville
- Georgia Highway 75 between Cleveland and Hiawassee
- Georgia Highway 197 from Clarkesville to U.S. Highway 76
- U.S. Highway 441 from the Baldwin and Cornelia area north to the state line with North Carolina
To further enjoy the wonders of the autumn season, there are numerous attractions, farms, mazes and pumpkin patches scattered throughout the North Georgia Mountains. Below are a few of the most popular.
- Amicalola Falls State Park
- Wildlife Rehab Sanctuary in Ellijay
- Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega
- Burt’s Pumpkin Farm and Hay Rides
- Hillcrest Orchards Petting Farm, Bakery and Farm Store
For more family fall fun in the North Georgia Mountains, be sure to check out the popular Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay this weekend. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the festival that features over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations. The annual parade happens on Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Before heading out to enjoy the wonders of fall, be sure to take along:
- A sweater or jacket
- A hat
- Good walking shoes
- Snacks or a picnic lunch
- Camera, camcorder and binoculars
Again, peak leaf viewing in the North Georgia Mountains is right around the corner, so make plans now for a fall family adventure. Brasstown Bald is Georgia’s highest viewing point, located at 4,784 feet above sea level. It’s also home to some of the best hiking trails in North Georgia. With spectacular, sweeping views, it’s the perfect destination to view the fall colors at their peak.
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