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3 Epic Georgia Road Trips to Do this Fall

Be prepared for jaw-dropping views, tons of fun and gorgeous fall foliage on these Georgia road trips!

  • Wolf Pen Gap Fall Color

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Georgia is home to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail, the Chattahoochee National Forest, Oconee National Forest, Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge and numerous state parks worth exploring to see the best fall color the state offers. Here are a few itineraries that can help you get started in planning your next road trip.

Go to the Gorge

Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Tallulah Gorge in the Northeast Georgia Mountains is a great place to a day hike. The trail to the floor of the gorge is several hundred steps in each direction but worth the trip. Look carefully and you might see the bald eagles that call the gorge home. Kids will especially love Tallulah Gorge State Park’s visitor center, which houses a mini museum dedicated to the wildlife of North Georgia.

Stay

If you want to camp on-site, get your reservations early; there are only 50 spots. For less rustic accommodations, make a reservation at The Dillard House, which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2017 and is famous for its family-style Southern cooking. Or, stay at the historic Glen-Ella Springs Inn & Restaurant, a bed and breakfast inn that has had dishes featured on the Explore Georgia 100 Plates Locals Love list in 2017 and 2016.

Visit

Goats on the Roof in Tiger, Georgia

Goats on the Roof is an all-ages attraction just down the street from the gorge. Adults can do wine tastings at nearby Tiger Mountain Vineyards and Stonewall Creek Vineyards. The Tiger Drive-In is a quaint way to spend an evening no matter your age.

On the way, stop here

Fried pies at Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia

Jaemor Farms is the perfect spot to stop in Alto and enjoy Georgia's homegrown crops. Pick up your pumpkin for Halloween, apples for pies and apple cider doughnuts, among other locally made products sold in this plus-sized farm stand.

Extend your stay

Traveler's Rest Historic Site in Toccoa, Georgia

In addition to leaf peeping, check out these events:

Take to the Clouds

Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia

Even if you're not into hiking, Cloudland Canyon State Park has plenty to discover. Unlike leaf watching on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a visit to the park encourages visitors to get out of their cars and explore the land. Explore under the canopy with a cave tour (reservations are required).

Stay

Cloudland Canyon has 62 campsites, 10 yurts, 16 cottages and one group lodge available for rent. You can reserve yours online via www.GAStateParks.org. If you don’t want to stay on-site, book a cabin at Hidden Hollow Resort, which is just down the road from the park.

Visit

Explore Civil War history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Copyright: Jeffrey M. Frank.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is nearby and features monuments, cannons, hiking trails, rock climbing, paddling, picnicking, bike paths and horseback riding trails. Travel new trails and explore the Lula Lake Land Trust, where you can see proper fall foliage and the Lula Lake Falls. Adventure-seekers can see the canopy from high in the sky when they hang glide at Lookout Mountain.

On the way, stop here

Stop at one of North Georgia's orchards for apples

Enjoy eating and drinking your way along the North Georgia Farm Trail. If you're heading to Cloudland Canyon from the south, stop by the Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia. Think of it as a mini World of Coca-Cola.

Extend your stay

Wings Over North Georgia Air Show in Rome

See it from the Sky

Located just an hour and a half from Atlanta, Banning Mills is Georgia's high altitude playground. Plan to spend your day above the tree line taking in the fall foliage from the air via "The Longest Hiking Suspension Bridge in North America," a 10-mile long zip line park, a 100-foot power freefall, and the World’s Tallest Freestanding climbing wall.

Stay

Treehouses at Historic Banning Mills, Facebook

The treehouses at Banning Mills sit 70 feet above a rushing gorge and are tucked away in the trees for an unobstructed view of the changing season. They offer many of the same creature comforts of cabins, including a Jacuzzi tub, coffee machine and fireplace for guests to enjoy. For more traditional accommodations, book a room at the Banning Mills Historic Country Inn. For a more rustic experience, book a campsite at the nearby Chattahoochee Bend State Park or the Banning Mills RV and Camping Park.

Visit

The Alexandria set for The Walking Dead is a real neighborhood in Senoia

If you're a fan of "The Walking Dead," you won’t want to miss out seeing where key scenes are filmed in Senoia. Take a tour of a working alpaca farm and shop Wake Robin Alpacas’ gift shop. Quilting enthusiasts won’t want to miss taking a trip on the Southern Quilt Trail, which includes 11 stops as part of a self-guided tour.

Extend your stay

Fall is festival time in West Georgia. Plan your weekend around one of the annual events, including:


Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Find more trip ideas from Eileen on ExploreGeorgia.org.

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