Fausett Farms Sunflowers  in Dawsonville, Georgia

Fausett Farms Sunflowers in Dawsonville, Georgia

6 Perfect Ways to Celebrate Fall

Fall is just around the corner! Explore the BEST of the season in Georgia with this bucket list created just for you.

1. Pick apples

Photo Credit: Ryan Free

Photo Credit: Ryan Free

The North Georgia mountains are filled with apple orchards, including you-pick, hayrides, petting zoos and so much more. We love the weekday you-pick options at BJ Reece. Here's a full list of where to go apple picking around the state, and you can find more apple info here.

2. Stroll through a sunflower field

Photo Credit: Fausett Farms

Photo Credit: Fausett Farms

Dawsonville’s Fausett Farms Sunflowers planted thousands sunflowers this summer, and they show their sunny faces in September. They are open seven days a week, and the cost is $5 per person. Kids under 5 are free. More sunflower info here.

3. Watch the leaves change

Photo Credit: Glen Ella Springs Inn

Photo Credit: Glen Ella Springs Inn

Georgia State Parks are fantastic family escapes for watching the leaves change color. Wondering which parks have the best showing? Try Tallulah Gorge State ParkAmicalola, Cloudland CanyonFort Mountain or Black Rock Mountain. Check out these 10 Georgia State Parks for Fall Color, or head to these seven state parks that are little less well-known. Find a complete listing here.

4. Chase waterfalls

Photo Credit: Nate Bowery

Photo Credit: Nate Bowery

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 Cloudland Canyon State ParkRaven Cliff Falls, Fall Branch Falls or Dukes Creek Falls for wonderful views. More waterfall info here.

5. Camp or glamp at a state park

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, and Georgia's state park system allows you to enjoy comfort, consistency and hospitality across the state. Many other campgrounds and attractions offer inviting settings for sleeping under the stars, like Timberline Glamping at Lake Lanier and Clarks Hill Lake, and Andrews Cove in Helen. Find more fall camping info here.

6. Road trip through the mountains

Road to Brasstown Bald in Blairsville, Georgia, in the fall. Photo by @jerrito1
Road to Brasstown Bald in Blairsville, Georgia, in the fall. Photo by @jerrito1

Slow your pace and travel Georgia's backroads to fully immerse yourself in the colors and character of the season. Follow the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway from Helen through the mountains, or travel the Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway from Cohutta to Ellijay. In west Georgia, follow the Meriwether-Pike Scenic Byway, and pull off the road in Woodbury for a photo op at the Red Oak Covered Bridge. Find more road trips in Georgia.

Published: August 2021
Written by: Lesli Peterson