The Most Breathtaking Places to See Fall Foliage Near Atlanta
There’s nothing better than being able to get out and enjoy a crisp, fall day and take in the beautiful colors of fall foliage near Atlanta. Only Mother Nature knows exactly when the leaves are going to be their most spectacular. In Georgia it usually happens in late October or early November. So clear your weekend calendar. Plan to visit one or two of these spots either in the city or a fun day trip.
What’s nice is that their is actually a website that you can access from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to track when the leaves will be at their peak. The park rangers will provide updates. They let everyone know what is going with the changing of the hues of orange and red. It will help you decide where you want to visit this year.
Places To Check Out In The City
There are so many beautiful parks and nature centers here in the ATL. Sometimes we just don’t think about all of the great places we have to choose from. So here’s a friendly reminder if you want to just get out for a couple of hours one fall day.
Grant Park is Atlanta’s oldest park. Located just east of downtown Atlanta you will find these 130+ acres of mature trees bursting with color in the autumn. This historic neighborhood is also home to the Atlanta Zoo. There are lots of great local restaurants so plan a lunch and then walk it off in the park.
Piedmont Park is in Midtown and home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. You can enjoy the many trails and grassy areas in the park for a picnic while soaking in the colors of the season. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens usually has fall themed displays going on this time of year as well.
A trip to the Roswell Mill combines a little history with your leaf peeping. The mill dates back to the 1930s. You can hike across the bridge (a great photo stop) and up to a waterfall. Make sure you also walk up to historic Roswell where you can find all sorts of great restaurants and shops. You might also want to make time to check out Barrington Hall. A historic home that you don’t want to miss.
Places to See Fall Foliage Near Atlanta
If you are up for a little day trip or even an overnight getaway, then there are some great options. Many of the locations in my post about great day trips from Atlanta that you need to experience would also provide you with some great leaf peeping. Here are some places that you are sure to see some spectacular fall foliage near Atlanta.
Brasstown Bald is Georgia’s highest mountain peak. The visitor’s center sits atop it. What a great place to view the Chattahoochee – Oconee National Forest. On a clear day you can see four states from this viewing station. If you want to make it into an overnight trip the Brasstown Valley Resort is a great place to enjoy a fall weekend.
Red Top Mountain
Red Top Mountain State Park is located on Lake Allatoona which is just north of the city. It is also a haven for hikers. There are 15 miles of forested of trails. You will want to have your camera with you for this little adventure.
Tallulah Falls and Gorge are located a couple of hours north of Atlanta. Many years ago this small town was a bustling resort town that was compared to Niagara Falls. You will want to make sure that you cross the swaying suspension bridge that is high above the gorge to get a view of the falls. Also make sure you go into town and check out some of the other historic places.
Barnsley Gardens is just an hour or so north of Atlanta and south of Chattanooga, TN. This resort is on 3,000 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northwest Georgia. This resort which dates back two centuries is known for helping you to connect with the outdoors and history during your stay. What a place to relax, unwind and enjoy the beauty of fall foliage near Atlanta.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope that I have either reminded you of some great spots to explore this fall or recommend a new spot or two. In case you missed it, I also put together a great list of fun fall activities for couples to do here in the Atlanta area. You can always access it for more ideas as well. Make sure you take the time to enjoy the fall weather and nature’s beauty.