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The Ultimate Guide to Fall Activities in Georgia

Fall means Halloween, Thanksgiving, and fall foliage! However, it also brings other fun activities, like apple picking, corn mazes, and visiting pumpkin patches. In this article, I’ll share the best fall activities in Georgia so that you can make the most of the season. You’ll learn where to see the best fall foliage in the state, where to buy the perfect pumpkin, and other ways to enjoy autumn that involve fun for the whole family!

Visit Georgia’s Bavarian-style town 

A view of Helen, Georgia's Bavarian style village

Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

Helen may be located in Northeast Georgia, but it’ll make you feel like you’ve been transported to Germany! As a nod to the town’s German ties, you can find pop-up celebrations for Oktoberfest here during September and October. Enjoy live music, dancing, German food, and a wide selection of American and German beers. Moreover, if you’d like to have an outdoorsy weekend getaway in Georgia, Helen is also a great option! Between Anna Ruby Falls, Unicoi State Park, Dukes Creek Falls Trail, and Raven Cliff Falls, there are tons of stunning fall hikes to choose from.

Take a fall road trip through Georgia

Fall in Georgia provides the perfect weather to get out of Atlanta and take a road trip! If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful drives in the state, check out Georgia State Route 197 (also called Scenic Highway 197). Beginning in Clarkesville, this route then crosses the Soque River and passes through Batesville and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Interestingly enough, Route 197 was originally used by moonshiners during Prohibition! Other contenders for stunning fall drives in Georgia include Dragon Eyes Drive through the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Lookout Mountain Parkway, which spans three states, and Coastal Highway Route 17.

Ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

A view of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge, GA

Photo credit: Ralph Daniel for https://www.exploregeorgia.org/ 

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a heritage railroad that takes passengers from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, Georgia. This enchanting ride through the Blue Ridge countryside is approximately 26 miles roundtrip and takes a little over an hour in each direction. Additionally, visitors have two hours to explore and relax in McCaysville. Here, make sure to check out “The Blue Line”, where you can stand with one foot in Georgia and the other in Tennessee! Although the fall foliage train runs from September to November, late October to November is when you can see the most color.

Admire the fall foliage

It takes longer for the leaves in Georgia to start changing color than in other states due to the generally warm weather. However, once the temperature begins to drop, our state has some of the most splendid spots for fall foliage! For example, Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, offers unparalleled views of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. If you’re up for a more strenuous hike, the top of Yonah Mountain is another good option. For an easier trek, Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth has a shorter trail around the park’s lake. One of the best tips to catch colorful leaves in Georgia is to follow the Leaf Watch website. On this site, you can track fall foliage throughout the state and learn the most popular state parks for fall color.

Find the perfect pumpkin at a local patch

Burt's Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville

Photo credit: Ralph Daniel for https://www.exploregeorgia.org/

Whether you’re looking to buy a pumpkin for Halloween or just a fun activity to do with the kids, you’ll definitely want to check out some of Georgia’s best pumpkin patches. Here are the top ten I recommend visiting this fall: 

  • Southern Belle Farm (McDonough)
  • Washington Farms (Bogart)
  • Burt’s Pumpkin Farm (Dawsonville)
  • Jaemor Farms (Alto)
  • The Kinsey Family Farm (Gainesville)
  • Scottsdale Farms Garden Center (Milton)
  • Big Springs Farms (Woodstock)
  • Uncle Shuck’s Pumpkin Patch (Dawsonville)
  • Bradley’s Pumpkin Patch (Dawsonville)
  • Wargo’s Pumpkin Patch (Grantville)

Get lost inside a corn maze

One of the best fall activities in Georgia for the whole family is to test your luck navigating a corn maze. Thanks to Georgia’s large agriculture industry, you can find entertaining corn mazes throughout the state! Plus, many of the family farms that are home to pumpkin patches in the autumn also have corn mazes, making these spots ideal to knock out two exciting fall activities. Here are eight places in Georgia to find the best corn mazes:

  • Southern Belle Farm (McDonough)
  • Washington Farms (Bogart)
  • Jaemor Farms (Alto)
  • Mitcham Farm (Oxford)
  • Copper Creek Farm (Calhoun)
  • Steed’s Dairy (Grovetown)
  • Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze (Dawsonville)
  • Buford Corn Maze (Buford)

Pick your own apples at an orchard

Apple orchards in georgia

Photo credit: Geoff Johnson for https://www.exploregeorgia.org/

Is it really fall if you haven’t gone apple picking yet? I think not! Apple orchards in the state are all located in North Georgia, so be sure to leave plenty of time for a trip. The good news is that most of the state’s top fall activities are in this region, so you can spend a whole weekend going to pumpkin patches, picking apples, sipping on apple cider, and hiking in colorful fall foliage. Here are the Georgia apple orchards you don’t want to miss this fall:

  • R&A Orchards (Elijay)
  • B.J. Reece Orchards (Elijay)
  • Mercier Orchards (Blue Ridge)
  • Hillcrest Orchards (Elijay)
  • Jaemor Farms (Alto)
  • Red Apple Barn (Elijay)

Visit a sunflower farm

If you’re like me, you may not have realized that it was even possible to see sunflowers in the fall! At Fausett Farms in Dawsonville, you can actually visit over 30 acres of these beautiful flowers in the North Georgia mountains. Plus, this sunflower field is ideally located, just south of Burt’s Pumpkin Farm and Amicalola Falls. So, a visit to Fausett Farms is easy to fit into your weekend trip to North Georgia!

Hike at one of Georgia’s state parks

Tallulah Gorge in the fall

Photo credit: Ralph Daniel for https://www.exploregeorgia.org/

Another fun activity in the fall in Georgia is to get outside and hike at some of the state’s magnificent parks. Late October and mid-November provide the perfect opportunity to get some exercise and to watch the leaves change colors! Here are the best parks in Georgia to see fall foliage:

  • Fort Mountain State Park (Chatsworth)
  • Tallulah Gorge State Park (Tallulah Falls)
  • Vogel State Park (Blairsville)
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park (Rising Fawn)
  • Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge (Dawsonville)
  • Black Rock Mountain State Park (Mountain City)
  • F.D. Roosevelt State Park (Pine Mountain)
  • Red Top Mountain State Park (Acworth)
  • James H. Floyd State Park (Summerville)
  • George L. Smith State Park (Twin City)
  • Providence Canyon State Park (Lumpkin)
  • Moccasin Creek State Park (Clarkesville)
  • Victoria Bryant State Park (Royston)
  • Smithgall Woods State Park (Helen)
  • Don Carter State Park (Gainesville)
  • Unicoi State Park & Lodge (Helen)

Go camping

Georgia’s crisp fall temperatures mean that it’s an ideal season to go camping. The best part about camping in the state is that you don’t have to go far from home to find an ideal camping spot! For example, Stone Mountain Park offers traditional tent sites, RV hookups, and yurts, where you can spend the evening under the stars. Other popular camping sites in Georgia include Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Skidaway Island State Park, Stephen C. Foster State Park, and Vogel State Park.

Go glamping

Beautiful Georgia Glamping Company tent site

Photo courtesy of Georgia Glamping

For those who aren’t fans of traditional camping, you’ll be happy to know that glamping is becoming a trendy fall activity in Georgia. My personal recommendation is Georgia Glamping Company, which offers large safari tents and cozy bell tents as accommodations on Lake Lanier at Shady Grove Campground. Unlike a typical camping tent, you can expect comforts such as a hotel-quality bed, an air conditioner/heater, a mini-fridge, and even a coffee maker with Georgia Glamping! Other cool glamping spots in the state include yurts at Cloudland Canyon, Fort Yargo, Sweetwater Creek, High Falls, and Tugaloo and Little Raccoon Key, where you can stay in a luxury canvas tent a 10-minute boat ride from Tybee Island.

Read More: The Best Places to Go Glamping in Georgia

Rent a cabin in the mountains

There are tons of options for a cozy cabin in the North Georgia mountains, including staying in a state park and renting from Airbnb. In fact, almost 30 of Georgia’s state parks offer cabins of all shapes and sizes for rental. Some of the most unique cabins you’ll find are the historic stone cottages at F.D. Roosevelt (Pine Mountain), the Barrel Cabins at Unicoi (Helen), and the deluxe cottages at Smithgall Woods State Park (Helen). Some of the best locations for cabin rentals on Airbnb in North Georgia are Blue Ridge, Helen, and Elijay. For example, check out this modern barn house in Blue Ridge, this adorable cabin with a hot tub in Helen, and this treehouse cabin in Elijay.

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Stay the night in a treehouse

Daybreak Treehouse from Stay Dahlonega

Image courtesy of Stay Dahlonega

For a unique getaway to North Georgia, look no further than Stay Dahlonega‘s one-of-a-kind luxury treehouses. Their two designer treehouses, the Bed+Bough and the Daybreak, provide guests with a private escape into nature while staying just down the road from Dahlonega’s most exciting attractions. If you’re searching for treehouses in the Atlanta area, don’t miss Archimedes’ Nest at the Emu Ranch, Owl in the Oak Treehouse, and Treasure Hunt Tree House.

Read more: Treehouse Rentals in Georgia You’ll Want to Book ASAP

Visit one of Georgia’s vineyards

Did you know that the state of Georgia has over 40 wineries? Although most of these vineyards are in the northern region, they are all easily reachable from Atlanta! So, on your fall vacation in Georgia, why not go wine tasting while also experiencing the foliage at these stunning vineyards? The top 5 you’ll want to visit this season are Yonah Mountain Vineyards (Cleveland), Kaya Vineyard and Winery (Dahlonega), Wolf Mountain Vineyards (Dahlonega), Crane Creek Vineyards (Young Harris), and Chateau Elan Winery & Resort (Braselton). 

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