Leaf Watching Tours in North Georgia
Leaf viewing is a fall tradition, and North Georgia State Parks offer a number of ways to experience the vibrant colors of the season.
Amicalola Falls State Park
In addition to scenic views of fall foliage, Amicalola Falls State Park is also home to one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. To get a peek, walk from the parking lot to the Top of the Falls viewpoint. For more information, visit www.GaStateParks.org/AmicalolaFalls.
Black Rock Mountain State Park
At an elevation of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain State Park offers breathtaking views of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The two viewpoints in the visitor center parking lot offer views up to 80 miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information, visit www.GaStateParks.org/BlackRockMountain.
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Tallulah Gorge State Park
Three kilometers long and nearly 1,000 feet deep, Tallulah Gorge is known as one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern part of the country. Hike the trails to scenic lookouts or, for an additional fee, you can also hike down the gorge. From the Hurricane Falls lookout, descend steep stairs to a suspension bridge for spectacular views of the waterfall. For more information, visit www.GaStateParks.org/TallulahGorge.
Fort Mountain State Park
As well as overlooking the views, you’ll also find plenty of trails through the hardwoods and around a lake. Explore the park’s stone fire tower, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and an ancient rock face that stands on the highest point of the mountain. For more information, visit www.GaStateParks.org/FortMountain.
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Cloudland Canyon State Park
Located at the western end of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon State Park is one of the largest parks in Georgia. Not only a favorite for its scenic views, but the park is also a must-see for its many outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and fishing. For more information, www.gastateparks.org/CloudlandCanyon. For more information, www.gastateparks.org/CloudlandCanyon ..
Follow the Avery County Barn Quilt Trail in North Carolina
Shiny leaves and art come together on this scenic North Carolina trail that takes you on a tour of colorful barn quilts. The Avery County Barn Quilt Trail features over 40 outdoor works celebrating the heritage of Appalachian quilting craftsmanship. Painted on square wood panels and installed on the side of the barns, each geometric pattern tells a story about the traditions and culture of mountain life.
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The trail is divided into three different areas in Avery County and is close to Blue Ridge Parkway, state parks, and many lovely little towns where you can grab a bite to eat. Start your self-guided tour at the Beech Mountain Visitors Center, where you’ll find the largest concentration of quilts. You can also pick up a barn quilt map that details each job and location along the trail. For more information, visit www.beechmtn.com/avery-county-quilt-trail-blocks/.