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Monday, 19 September 2016 19:49

Best Places for Fall Foliage in the North Georgia Mountains

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It is no big secret that Georgia is one beautiful place to be when the air turns a bit cooler and the autumn colors start to peek through, but if you really want to get the best of what the state has to offer in the fall, it is time for a trip into the northern Georgia mountains. Northern Georgia is home to the lower end of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, which is a provincial section of the larger Appalachian Mountains that stretch all the way from Canada to Georgia. From breathtaking mountain views to scenic country roads, this area has a lot to offer autumn foliage seekers. These are the best places in the North Georgia Mountains to see the enchanting fall foliage.

The Blue Ridge Parkway

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If you are into scenic drives through mountain roads, you won't have to look much further than the winding Blue Ridge Parkway. This parkway is the primary route of travel through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Georgia, but it is anything but a boring highway. The parkway has many changes in elevation, which means you will get to see the fall colors from varying heights along the route. On clear days, the highest elevations of the parkway will give you a crystal clear view of autumn in all its glory for miles. The Blue Ridge Parkway is such a popular place to see the foliage in Autumn, there is even a website where you can track the peak of color and plan your trip.

Brasstown Bald

brasstown bald

Brasstown Bald is the highest known elevation in the State of Georgia and is part is the northeastern mountains. This is one breathtaking place regardless of the season, but at the peak of autumn the leaf-seekers head for this mountain in sheer anticipation of the sight. Located near Blairsville, Brasstown Bald offers a picturesque view of the mountains at a stunning 4,784 feet above sea level. While you can reach Brasstown Bald Mountain in your car your final destination will be a parking area, which is a half-mile hike to the visitors center where you will find an observation deck ideal for snapping photos of the glorious views. You can also get a closer look with the on-deck telescopes, and on clear days as many as four states are perfectly visible.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a train that has been restored in all its vintage glory. The train boards passengers and takes them on a four-hour trip through a mesmerizing view of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. This train trip is especially popular in autumn, as the leaves surrounding the Toccoa River take on an entirely new personality. The train station is tucked away in the lush beauty of the always enchanting Chattahoochee National Forest, but the trip will take you through the mountains to Macaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee, with stops along the way to grab food and check out the scenery.

The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway-CNF


This byway runs through the Georgia Mountains and will take you on an astonishing trip through an area that is well known for its fantastic autumn shows. Enjoy stops along the way to get a good view of the mountains, fish in streams and rivers surrounded by fall beauty, or even see the breathtaking waterfalls sprouting from creeks fed by the Chattahoochee River. The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway is 40.6 miles of winding road through mountain gaps and awe-inspiring valleys tucked amid the fall foliage.

Tallulah Gorge State Resort Park


Tallulah Gorge State Resort Park is a 2,689-acre park located in Northeastern Georgia amid the mountains. The gorge is known as one of the most expansive valleys in the eastern part of the country and is home to the Tallulah Falls waterfall. Take a hike across mountain rim trails overlooking the valley or you can get a permit to hike along the floor of the gorge, which gives an impressive view of the mountain on both sides covered in emerald, gold, and burgundy. There is even a suspension bridge resting an impressive 80 feet above the gorge where thrill seekers can get an amazing view of the gorge below.

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