Black Rock Mountain State Park

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Leaf Watch Website Tracks Best Fall Color in Georgia

“When will the leaves change?” That’s the question park rangers hear most often once the calendar turns to October. Only Mother Nature knows, of course, but peak color in Georgia is usually toward the end of October or early November. The key for a vibrant autumn is warm sunny days coupled with cool – not freezing – nights.

Follow the Leaf Watch

Hiking at Fort Mountain State Park
Hiking at Fort Mountain State Park

To help leaf peepers find the best scenery, Georgia’s State Parks offer an online “Leaf Watch” travel planner, found at gastateparks.org/leafwatch. Beginning in October, regular updates will keep travelers posted on how fall color is progressing across Georgia’s Blue Ridge. The website is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events, and safe hiking tips. Shutterbugs are encouraged to post their favorite shots to the Georgia State Parks Facebook page and Instagram.

Top 10 State Parks for Fall Color

Tallulah Gorge
Tallulah Gorge

Georgia’s top 10 state parks for leaf watching include:

For quieter getaways, visitors may want to explore parks further south, which can offer pretty autumn color, as well.

Scenic Places to Stay

Camping at F. D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia
Camping at F. D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Georgia’s State Parks offer a variety of accommodations where leaf peepers can stay right in the heart of autumn scenery. Park guests can choose from fully equipped cabins, modern campsites and even yurts – a "glamping" trend that is like a tent-cabin. Georgia State Parks’ most sought-after accommodations are often reserved 13 months in advance, and many campgrounds fill up on weekends. Guests are encouraged to make plans as early as possible or visit during weekdays. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-864-7275 or at gatateparks.org/reservations.

Published: September 2018
Written by: Kim Hatcher