George L. Smith State Park in Twin City, Georgia
Don Carter State Park in Gainesville
Georgia's only state park on Lake Lanier, Don Carter State Park, offers more than 14 miles of forested trails, boat ramps, cabins and campsites. Equestrians will especially enjoy autumn views from the trails, and guided trail rides are available.
George L. Smith State Park in Twin City
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In late autumn, cypress trees turn deep orange and make a beautiful reflection off George L. Smith State Park’s blackwater pond. Join Mill Pond Kayak for a guided paddle trip under Spanish moss and tupelo trees. Photographers will appreciate exploring a covered bridge built in 1880.
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park in Summerville
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Quiet James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park in northwest Georgia has five miles of hiking trails, plus access to the 60-mile Pinhoti Trail. The moderately easy Marble Mine Trail follows an old road to a 35-foot waterfall adjacent to an old mine opening (now closed).
Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin
Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon," Providence Canyon State Park, may be best known for its orange-hued soil, but its trees provide a colorful palette, as well. In late fall, rent a cabin nearby at Florence Marina State Park, then hike the canyon for the best leaf watching.
Red Top Mountain State Park in Acworth
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More than 15 miles of trails wind through Red Top Mountain State Park, providing beautiful views of Lake Allatoona and the surrounding forest. The 4-mile Iron Hill Trail is open to hikers and bikers, and its wide path is fairly easy for smaller children.
Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs
A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of a textile mill burned during the Civil War at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below. Additional trails wind through forest, fields and along the creek.
Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston
Located just minutes from I-85 in north Georgia, Victoria Bryant State Park has eight miles of hiking trails, a pretty stream and small fishing ponds. Tent campers will like the wooden platforms surrounded by hardwood forest. Golfers can tee off surrounded by fall color on the park's 18-hole Highland Walk Golf Course.