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6 Perfect Ways to Celebrate Fall

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    Fausett Farms Sunflowers in Dawsonville are in full bloom in October. Photo by Lesli Peterson.

Fall is just around the bend! When it comes, you need to be ready to enjoy the BEST of the season in Georgia. Grab your map because we’ve got a bucket list for you!

 

Sunflowers

Dawsonville’s Fausett Farms Sunflowers planted more than 900,000 sunflowers this spring, and they will be showing their sunny faces by the first of October. They are open seven days a week, and the cost is $10 per car. More sunflower info here.


Apples


Apples are ripe for the picking in North Georgia in the fall. Photo by Lesli Peterson.
Apples are ripe for the picking in North Georgia in the fall. Photo by Lesli Peterson.

The North Georgia mountains are filled with apple orchards, including you-pick, hayrides, petting zoos and so much more. Don’t miss the Ellijay Apple Festival. We love the weekend events at Mercier Orchards, and the weekday you-pick options at BJ Reece. More apple info here.


Leaves


Leaf Watching at F.D. Roosevelt State Park
Leaf Watching at F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Georgia State Parks are fantastic family escapes for watching the leaves change color. Wondering which parks have the best showing? Try Amicalola, Cloudland Canyon or Black Rock Mountain. Find a complete listing here.


Waterfalls


Waterfall at Cloudland Canyon. Photo by Candy Cook.
Waterfall at Cloudland Canyon. Photo by Candy Cook.

There is something magical about fallen red and gold leaves on the rocks of a tumbling waterfall. Wondering where to take the family this autumn? Try Raven Cliff Falls, Fall Branch Falls or Dukes Creek for wonderful views. More waterfall info here.


Festivals


Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens Labor Day Weekend
Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens Labor Day Weekend

From hot air balloons in Callaway Gardens to Oktoberfest in Helen, and from the colors of Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground to the Fall Folklife Fest at the Atlanta History Center, autumn is amass with festive frolic options the entire family will enjoy. Find more fall festival info here.


Camping


Fall camping at Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona
Fall camping at Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona

Fall is made for camping under the bright stars. We love Swinging Bridge in Blue Ridge and Andrews Cove in Helen for the best in fall camping. Find more fall camping info here.


Looking for more fun for the family? Here are 18 can’t-miss fall events around the state.

 

Lesli Peterson

Lesli is the Georgia’s official Family Explorer and the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. Click here for more Family content from Lesli.

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