Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, Georgia. Photo by @mrlnsfrt

Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, Georgia. Photo by @mrlnsfrt

10 Reasons We Love Fall in Georgia

When you feel that first crisp breeze and watch the colors begin to change, you know that summer is gone and fall is in the air. Although we think every season in Georgia is just peachy, autumn has a particular beauty to it. Here are 10 reasons we love Georgia in the fall.

Pumpkins at Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia. Photo by @mpwhidby

Pumpkin patches

Pumpkins at Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia. Photo by @mpwhidby

Why buy a pumpkin at the grocery store when you could enjoy a day of pumpkin pickin’ in Georgia? Pack your family in the car and hunt for the perfect pumpkin at any of Georgia's pumpkin patches.

Head to any of these Georgia Pumpkin Patches for a Smashing Good Time.

Whitewater rafting in Columbus, Georgia

Cooler temperatures for outdoor adventures

Whitewater rafting in Columbus, Georgia. Photo by @whitewaterexpress

Fall provides a much-needed respite after Georgia’s sweltering hot summer. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and just right for getting outside for an adventure like whitewater rafting and ziplining across the Chattahoochee River in Columbus

Pack a jacket and get away to feel the cool breeze on 6 Ways to See Georgia by Train this Fall, or Spread Out at the 5 Biggest Georgia State Parks.

Apples at Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia

Apple season

As the temperature cools down, apple season heats up! Fall is the perfect time to head north for a fun-filled day of apple picking. We suggest stopping by Hillcrest Orchards or the Red Apple Barn – both located in beautiful Ellijay.

For more orchards, see our guide to Where to Go Apple Picking in Georgia.

Ghosts & Gravestones Tour in Savannah, Georgia

Ghost tours & haunted houses

Georgia is home to some seriously scary haunted attractions and tours. Join a ghost tour in Savannah to hear about some of the famous spooky spirits in one of the state's oldest cities. Or, dare to brave the No. 1 haunted house in the nation Netherworld. The walk-through attraction is filled with live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters that are sure to scare even the toughest of visitors!

For more ghost tours around the state, check out these Spooky, Eerie and Downright Scary Ghost Tours in Georgia.

Uncle Shucks Corn Maze in Dawsonville, Georgia

Corn mazes

Exercise your brain and your body when you visit one of Georgia’s many corn mazes. Uncle Shucks Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Dawsonville is always a crowd-pleaser, and the braver souls in your group will enjoy trying to navigate the haunted corn trail at night Fridays and Saturdays in October.

Find more a-maze-ing fun with these 6 Georgia Corn Mazes for Family Fun.

Hiking at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, Georgia. Photo by @patelsnaps

Georgia State Parks

Hiking at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, Georgia. Photo by @patelsnaps

Head to Georgia’s State Parks this fall for outdoor adventure! Whether you’re interested in hiking, camping, kayaking, or ziplining, Georgia’s State Parks have you covered.

For some of the best places to experience fall's glory, check out these 1o Georgia State Parks for Fall Color.

Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway in north Georgia. Photo by @gopirman

Fall foliage

Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway in north Georgia. Photo by @gopirman

Fall in Georgia always provides a kaleidoscope of colors. Whether you’re driving down the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway in northeast Georgia or hiking in Fort Mountain State Park, you’re sure to be amazed by the stunning display of red, gold and orange leaves.

Insider tip: Early to mid-November are the best times to see fall foliage in Georgia. For more fall foliage tips, see our guide to How to Experience the Best of Georgia's Beautiful Fall Colors.

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon. Photo by @rumersongs

Fall break

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon. Photo by @rumersongs

When the kids get a break from school, it's a great time to take field trips to experience some of Georgia's historic sites, museums and cultural attractions. Explore the National Parks in Georgia to see how prehistoric American Indians lived in Macon and how a U.S. president grew up in Plains. Follow Georgia's Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail to learn about how civil rights leaders advanced social justice and shifted the course of history. And, wander through visionary art environments like Howard Finster's Paradise Garden in Summerville or St. EOM's Pasaquan in Buena Vista, or the world-famous art collections at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens. 

Chart out a fall break trip specially tailored to your children's interests featuring Georgia's history & heritage attractions.

Reformation Brewery in Woodstock, Georgia

Seasonal beers

When temperatures cool down, new beer flavors start appearing in breweries throughout Georgia. Chocolatey stouts, nutty dark ales and Oktoberfest-inspired lagers keep you warm hanging out by a fire pit with friends. Try the Declaration Russian Imperial Stout at Reformation Brewery in Woodstock, Wake-N-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout at Terrapin Beer Company in Athens and Moonbeam Baltic Porter at Service Brewing Co. in Savannah. Or get a taste of Oktoberfest with the Fest Beer Marzen at Wild Heaven Beer in Decatur, Hollen Glocken Munich style Helles lager at Left Nut Brewing Company in Gainesville, and the Orange and Brew pilsner at Omaha Brewing Company in Omaha.

For more beer suggestions, check this list of 5 Must-Try Georgia Beers Perfect for Fall and our list of 21 Essential Breweries in Georgia.

Apple cider donuts at Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Fall foods

On cool, crisp mornings, there's nothing like an apple cider donut and a hot cup of coffee to start off a day of exploring Georgia's farmers markets. And a slice of pecan pie topped with ice cream is one of the sweetest ways to end a day of adventure. The harvest season brings a bounty of fresh flavors like apples, pecans, muscadine grapes, sweet potatoes, okra, eggplant, greens, and much more from Georgia's farms. The seasonal ingredients also become the highlights of menus throughout the state as inventive chefs get inspired to showcase fall's abundant variety.

See what's in season on the Georgia Grown website, and create a road trip to visit as many Georgia farms as possible with the Georgia Farm Passport. For delicious meals to fuel your journey, check out these 6 Must-Try Restaurants Serving Inventive Southern Food, and Where to Eat Pecan Pie in Georgia.

Published: September 2020