Camping in Conestoga wagons at The Rock Ranch

Camping in Conestoga wagons at The Rock Ranch

3 Family Getaways for Outdoor Fun this Fall

Start a new tradition with a getaway to experience Georgia's magnificent fall foliage! These three destinations offer fun festivals, awesome overnight stays, and outdoor adventures for family and friends.

Play in the pumpkin patch at The Rock Ranch
Play in the pumpkin patch at The Rock Ranch

The Rock Ranch

Enjoy fall traditions with a farm life twist at The Rock Ranch in The Rock, Georgia. Founded by S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A, The Rock Ranch offers a smorgasbord of unplugged family fun on a 1,500-acre farm. Unique playgrounds and exciting activities merge old-fashioned good times with modern thrills.

Zipline at The Rock Ranch
Zipline at The Rock Ranch

Find classic fall fun navigating the corn maze, choosing a pumpkin and touring the farm on a hay ride. Then, scramble up the rock climbing tower and get a birds-eye view from the ziplines. Take a turn on the hand-crafted carousel and a scenic locomotive train tour of the farm. Don't miss racing the pedal carts or strolling through Tiny Town, a little village full of miniature buildings made just for kids.

You can even camp out like cowboys in a Conestoga covered wagon, roasting marshmallows and telling not-so-spooky ghost stories around the campfire. The Rock Ranch also hosts some great fall festivals, from acrobats and hot air balloons, to pumpkin destruction!

Dual ziplines at Banning Mills
Dual ziplines at Banning Mills

Banning Mills

There's no better way to experience Georgia's fall foliage than a high-flying adventure with Banning Mills in Whitesburg. The tours combine the excitement of blazing fast zips and thrilling dual-zipline races, with birds-eye nature walks and sky bridges for the ultimate fall color views.

Banning Mills is just a short drive from hardwood forest hikes and the home of "The Walking Dead." Hike and bike through the brilliant colors of fall at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, and tour Senoia, the town where fans of TWD flock to catch glimpses of zombies and the stars.

Barrel cabin at Unicoi State Park in Helen

Barrel cabin at Unicoi State Park in Helen

Helen

Make the most memorable fall of all tucked away in the forest of Unicoi State Park, near Alpine Helen. One of Georgia's most exciting Adventure Lodges, Unicoi offers ziplining and mountain biking thrills through the trees and some of the state's most unique overnight options. Guests stay in stylish lodge rooms, quirky barrel cabins, or camp in the one-of-a-kind squirrel's nest.

Oktoberfest, Helen's biggest celebration, kicks off in September and runs through October, featuring German music, food and drinks. - GDECD Photography
Oktoberfest, Helen's biggest celebration, kicks off in September and runs through October, featuring German music, food and drinks. - GDECD Photography

Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery hiking to the nearby waterfalls, fly fishing trout streams and experiencing 49th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen. Helen's Oktoberfest is a roaring celebration of German culture with amazing food, drinks, live music, and dancing all around town. Oktoberfest runs Thursday to Sunday through September, and daily Oct. 1 - Nov. 8, 2020.

Published: August 2019
Written by: Candy Cook