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Oct 2 -- The park is still mostly green.

Just an hour north of Atlanta you’ll find the Southeast’s tallest cascading waterfall. The falls can be enjoyed from both easy and difficult trails. A short, flat path leads to a boardwalk offering the most spectacular views. There’s also an easy-to-reach overlook at the top. For a tougher challenge, start from the bottom of the falls and hike up the steep staircase. Amicalola Falls gets very busy on pretty October weekends. Pumpkin farms and apple orchards are nearby.
  Amicalola Falls State Park

Oct 5 -- So far, we have very subtle color change and are about 90% green. We have had lots of fog, cloud cover and heavy rain but hope for better photography weather soon. Our main overlook is decorated with hay bales and fall décor, which makes a festive autumn backdrop. 

At an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is Georgia’s highest state park. Roadside overlooks and the summit Visitor Center offer sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 2.2-mile Tennessee Rock Trail is a good choice for a short, moderate hike. For an all-day challenge, take the 7.2-mile James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail. If driving Hwy. 441 north to the park, you can also stop by Tallulah Gorge State Park and quirky Goats on the Roof.
  Black Rock Mountain State Park

Oct 9 -- We still have lots of green trees up this way, but we have noticed more and more color every day. The tulip poplars along the road ways are yellowing, and the contrast of the dogwoods and poplars on the other green trees is nice as you drive into and around the park. We anticipate that the leaves will be in the peak of their color by middle to late of next week. Keep in mind that the difference in elevation within the park means that we have about a week to week and a half (depending on weather) window for best fall color. 

One of Georgia’s most beautiful parks offers easy-to-reach rim overlooks and challenging hiking trails. A favorite hike takes you down a long, steep staircase to the bottom of the canyon, where you’ll find two waterfalls. The 5-mile West Rim Loop is moderately difficult and offers great views of the canyon. Rental yurts are located off this trail.
  Cloudland Canyon State Park

Oct 7 -- Good color is still a few weeks away and our trees are in the early stages of top-down color change. Red Maples, Sourwood, and Dogwood are showing crimson leaves. Tulip trees are sporting yellow. Muscadine vines twine throughout the forest in full yellow brilliance. 

Many people are surprised to find hardwood forests and rolling mountains south of Atlanta. The 6.7-mile Wolf Den Loop is a favorite section of the longer Pine Mountain Trail. For a touch of history, drive to Dowdell’s Knob to see a lifesize bronze sculpture of President F.D. Roosevelt and great views of the forested valley. Ga. Hwy. 190 is a pretty driving route.
  F. D. Roosevelt State Park

Oct. 7 -- Dogwoods have finished their display, and now the oaks are beginning to show some bright yellows in the tops.  The hickories are also bright yellow in the higher elevations of the park, plus some of the maples are also turning red on the lake trail. Our park is still 80% green, but the cool nights should speed things up. 

This park is best known for a mysterious rock wall along the mountain top, plus a variety of trails. For the easiest walk, take the 1.2-mile loop around the park’s pretty, green lake. For a challenging, all-day hike, choose the 8-mile Gahuti Trail. Mountain bikers have more than 14 miles to explore. Hwy. 52 has beautiful mountain scenery and overlooks that are worth stopping for.
  Fort Mountain State Park

Oct 5 -- Recent heavy rains and winds have brought down quite a bit of leaves, but there are still nice canopies on the trees.  Inside the park, it's still mostly green with some of the poplars displaying dull yellow color.  Along the Wildlife Trail and Hemlock Falls Trail, light colors are starting to show on the trees with asters and goldenrod blooming.  

Georgia’s smallest state park sits on the shore of a gorgeous deep-green lake. Hikers can choose from the 2-mile Hemlock Falls Trail or 1-mile Non-Game Trail with a wildlife observation tower. Hwy. 197 is a particularly pretty road, passing Mark of the Potter and other popular attractions.  Boaters will enjoy looking at beautiful vacation homes and boat houses on this mountain lake.

  Moccasin Creek State Park

Oct 9 -- It's slowly but surely turning to fall at Red Top. Dogwoods and Sweetgums are the ones to see right now; the Sweetgums are a rich, deep red, and the Dogwoods are a soft pink. Both stand out beautifully against the primarily green foliage. A hike at Iron Hill provides both up close views of the colors and larger views of the lake, where the colorful trees really stand out. There's iron weed and Georgia aster blooming as well. We're still a few weeks from peak color. We posted a few current photos to our Facebook Event called Leaf Watch 2015:

Just 40 minutes north of Atlanta you’ll find a variety of trails with nice fall color. The easy, flat 4-mile Iron Hill Loop is open to bikes and foot traffic, offering great views of the lake and forest. Another good choice for lake views is the 5.5-mile Homestead Trail. Families with young children will like the paved walking path behind the park office. Be sure to explore the log cabin and blacksmith shed.
  Red Top Mountain State Park


Oct 7 -- Heavy rainfall has aided in the appearance of color at Smithgall Woods.  Dogwoods are showing a spectrum of color, ranging from pink to deep red and maroon. Beech trees are putting on lovely yellows and golds. Sweetgum are putting on some red as well. However, the sourwoods are, unquestionably, the most showy trees with many being fully bathed in scarlet-red leaves.  Even our wildflowers are continuing to provide color, especially on the Wetland Loop Trail. Don't miss the exciting drama of fall colors at Smithgall Woods State Park! 

Protecting more than 6,000 acres around Dukes Creek, this is the perfect spot for fly fishing while enjoying fall color. Day visitors can picnic near the creek, and overnight guests can hike a private trail to Dukes Creek Falls. A 1.6-mile loop climbs to Laurel Ridge and provides a view of Mt. Yonah once most leaves are off the trees. This park is near many wineries and Helen’s Oktoberfest.
  Smithgall Woods State Park

Oct. 8 -- Most leaves are still green, but there has been some beautiful reddening of the Sourwood and brilliant Sumac and some very lovely and interesting yellow and brown patterning of the Tulip trees and Big Leaf Magnolias. The best trail for leaf watching is the Red Trail which leads to the five story Civil War era New Manchester mill and the half mile of whitewater rapids (up to class IV).

Just west of Atlanta you’ll find 9 miles of hiking trails, a beautiful creek and small lake. For an easy walk, take the popular 1-mile Red Trail which follows the creek to the ruins of an old mill. For more of a workout, continue past the mill to the Blue Trail, where you’ll climb steep bluffs for outstanding creek views. Sign up for a guided hike to learn more about this park’s Civil War history.

  Sweetwater Creek State Park

Oct 7 -- The leaves are just beginning to turn, but they are already giving us a show. The forest is mostly yellow in the canopy and the understory is beginning to turn slightly red.

Tallulah is one of the most spectacular canyons in the Southeast, and you can choose from easy or difficult trails. Hike along the rim to several overlooks with waterfall views, or get a permit from the park office to trek all the way to the bottom. During November, you can watch expert kayakers as they enjoy the bi-annual “whitewater releases.” Be sure to see the park’s film because it includes heart-racing footage of kayakers and news clips from Wallenda’s famous tightrope walk across the gorge.
  Tallulah Gorge State Park

Avoid Oktoberfest crowds in Helen by hiking a pretty 3-mile trail which leads from the park into town. You can enjoy lunch and window shopping before hiking back to the trailhead. Mountain bikers can zip past fall color on the park’s challenging 7.5-mile bike loop. If you’re up for a steep hike, take the 4.8-mile Smith Creek Trail up to Anna Ruby Falls. (To avoid having to hike back, leave a second car at the falls.)
  Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Oct 8 -- We are still in full green all over the park. Unfortunately we have had quite a bit of rain the past week, so we have lost a lot of trees and leaves. However, our park still looks  beautiful as ever and hopefully we will seen some color changes in the days to come. 

Nestled in the rolling hills of Georgia’s upper Piedmont, this is one of northern Georgia’s best kept secrets. A beautiful stream flows through the park, providing the perfect setting for an after-picnic stroll. Hikers can follow either the short nature trail or the longer perimeter trail that travels through hardwoods and crosses creeks.
  Victoria Bryant Golf Course

VOGEL STATE PARK – Blairsville
Oct 3 -- The trees are just beginning to turn here. Around the lake, tulip poplar, oaks, and alders are changing and make for a beautiful walk. To get an even better view, the Bear Hair Gap Trail is your best bet. This trail has an abundance of red maple, which has started to turn its signature red color. As the season progresses, the view from the overlook on this trail should also become more spectacular. If you don’t want to do the whole 4 miles of the BHG Trail, the .8 mile Byron Herbert Reese Nature Trail is a nice alternative. 

The 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail makes a nice day trip for experienced hikers, offering great mountain color and a birds-eye view of the park’s lake. For an easier walk, follow the Lake Loop to a small waterfall. The twisting roads around Vogel, particularly Wolf Pen Gap Road, offer some of north Georgia’s prettiest fall scenery.
  Vogel State Park


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