In the Fall, Georgia’s landscape transforms into a palette of breathtaking fall colors. Get out and enjoy the reds, yellows, orange and all the hues the trees in Blue Ridge, Ellijay and North Georgia have to offer this Fall. To help leaf lookers find the best scenery, Georgia’s State Parks offer an online “Leaf Watch” travel planner, found at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/leafwatch.
The mountains of North Georgia are the ideal location for experiencing some of the finest views one can imagine. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway offers Fall leaf excursions on the historic railway. Beginning at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, wind your way along the Toccoa River in a vintage rail car, observing the canvas of bright colors. These are some of the most popular trips, so it’s best to book reservations at least three weeks in advance.
From downtown Blue Ridge, head to Vogel State Park in Blairsville, where the 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail offers a bird’s-eye view of Lake Trahlyta and the golden vegetation that surrounds it.
Take a hike through the Benton MacKaye/Appalachian trail from anyone of the many trailheads in Blue Ridge and Ellijay. When you rent a cabin from Log Cabin Rentals Blue Ridge you will find a “Guest Information Book” that has a hiking map for you to use and return or you can pick up a copy of your own from the Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce office.
Amicalola Falls boasts the Southeast’s tallest cascading waterfall. Choose a flat path to a boardwalk overlook, or try your stamina on the steep staircase from the bottom of the falls. Enjoy the waterfall and the beautiful display of Fall colors.
Several pumpkin farms, mazes and apple orchards are nearby — all must-dos in the Fall. Nowhere can the bounty of the season be better enjoyed than in Ellijay, known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia.” Sitting at the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Ellijay offers numerous pick-your-own orchards. These orchards offer a variety of activities from wagon rides to ziplines. Plan your trip to Blue Ridge or Ellijay in the North Georgia Mountains now.
As you travel through North Georgia and stare in awe at the yellow sweetgums, golden hickories and red dogwoods, be ready to plan for your return trip next Fall.