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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 5 -- These first few day of October have been rainy and cool, so while most of our leaves are still very green, these are the perfect weather conditions for bringing out fall colors. Flowering dogwoods, which are among the first to change, are a nice bronze with tinges of yellow and orange, and seen around the main overlook in the day use area of the park. Several other trees, also in the overlook area, are starting to get hints of color and should be progressing nicely after all of this rain clears out.

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 2 -- Good color is still many weeks away.

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. 2 -- Our dogwoods are fully red and maples are starting to display bright red. The oaks and poplars are slowly turning yellow.  Peak color will come later in October.

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 2 -- We're still a few weeks from peak color.

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


Sept 30 -- Most of Smithgall’s trees still hold their lush summer green.  Lower branches of Sourwoods  show nice color changes ranging from light red to deep scarlet. Sweetgums show changes on lower branches with a colorful mix of red and gold. Now is a wildflower enthusiast’s paradise!  There are many deep-purple Ironweeds and brilliant red Cardinal Flower stands out . Jewel Weed is in full bloom. The intense yellow of Goldenrod and Black-Eyed Susans  provide a splash of fall color.   Tsalaki Trail crosses Dukes Creek on Bay Bridge,  a wooden covered bridge where the Joe Pye Weed with subtle blue-purple tops are seen along the creek banks.   Going further east on Tsalaki Trail, you’ll come to Martin’s Mine Trail where White Wood Asters and Green-Centered Cone Flowers are in full bloom.   Nearing the east end of Tsalaki Trail, numerous Black-Eyed Susans are in full bloom and muscadine grape vines are loaded with yellow-green fruit. 

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. 2 -- The park is still mostly green, but scenery is still beautiful.

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 2 -- Overall, the park is still green, but come enjoy wildflowers.

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

Sept. 29 -- The park is still green and rain has been knocking a few leaves down. Better color is expected in a few weeks.

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 -- A few trees and wildflowers show color, but we're not near peak yet.

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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