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BSB Travel: Top Ten Georgia State Parks for Fall Color

BSB Travel:  Top Ten Georgia State Parks for Fall Color

Looking for somewhere to add to your fall travel list? We have got you covered and today, Georgia is on our mind. If you are looking for the ultimate fall trip, explore these Top Ten Georgia State Parks for Fall Color. These places are Instagram worthy and a great escape from the business of everyday life. Check out these beautiful Georgia State parks and be sure to share on social media using the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle

 

Photo Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

BSB Travel: Top Ten Georgia State Parks for Fall Color

Amicalola Falls State Park – Dawsonville

 

Just an hour north of Atlanta you’ll find the Southeast’s tallest cascading waterfall.  A short, flat path leads to a boardwalk offering the most spectacular views.  There is also an easy-to-reach overlook at the top.  For a tougher challenge, start from the bottom of the falls and hike up the steep staircase.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/AmicalolaFalls

Black Rock Mountain State Park – Clayton

 

At an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is Georgia’s highest state park.  (Brasstown Bald is the state’s highest peak.) Roadside overlooks and the summit Visitor Center offer sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The 2.2-mile Tennessee Rock Trail is a good choice for a short, moderate hike.  For an all-day challenge, take the 7.2-mile James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/BlackRockMountain

Cloudland Canyon State Park – Near Chattanooga

 

One of Georgia’s most beautiful parks offers easy-to-reach rim overlooks and challenging trails.  A favorite hike takes you down a staircase to the bottom of the canyon, where you’ll find two waterfalls.  (Remember, you have to hike back up, but it’s worth it.)  The 5-mile West Rim Loop is moderately difficult and offers great views of the canyon.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/CloudlandCanyon

F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain

 

Many people are surprised to find hardwood forests and rolling mountains south of Atlanta.  The 6.7-mile Wolf Den Loop is a favorite section of the longer Pine Mountain Trail.  For a touch of history, drive to Dowdell’s Knob to see a life-size bronze sculpture of President F.D. Roosevelt and views of the forested valley.  Ga. Hwy. 190 is a pretty driving route.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/FDRoosevelt

Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth

 

This park is best known for a mysterious rock wall along the mountain top, plus a variety of trails. For the easiest walk, take the 1.2-mile loop around the park’s green lake.  For a challenging, all-day hike, choose the 8-mile Gahuti Trail.  Mountain bikers have more than 14 miles to explore.  Hwy. 52 has beautiful mountain scenery and overlooks worth stopping to see.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/FortMountain

Moccasin Creek State Park – Lake Burton

 

Georgia’s smallest state park sits on the shore of a gorgeous deep-green lake.  Guests can choose from the 2-mile Hemlock Falls Trail or 1-mile Non-Game Trail with a wildlife observation tower.  Hwy. 197 is a particularly pretty road, passing Mark of the Potter and other popular attractions.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/MoccasinCreek

Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen

 

Protecting more than 6,000 acres around Dukes Creek, this is the perfect spot for fly fishing while enjoying fall color.  Day visitors can picnic near the creek, and overnight guests can hike a private trail to Dukes Creek Falls.  A 1.6-mile loop climbs to Laurel Ridge and provides a view of Mt. Yonah once most leaves are off the trees.  Smithgall Woods has some of the park system’s most sought-after cabins and is near wineries and Helen’s Oktoberfest.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/SmithgallWoods

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Near Clayton

Tallulah Gorge is one of the most spectacular canyons in the Southeast, and you can choose from easy or difficult trails. Hike along the rim to overlooks with waterfall views, or get a permit from the park office to trek all the way to the bottom. (Permits run out early on weekend mornings.) During November, you can watch expert kayakers as they enjoy the bi-annual “whitewater releases.”

GeorgiaStateParks.org/TallulahGorge

Unicoi State Park – Helen

 

Ziplines take you high above the forest canopy for a unique view of leaves. If you’re up for a steep hike, take the 4.8-mile Smith Creek Trail up to Anna Ruby Falls. Unicoi offers a lodge and restaurant.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/Unicoi

Vogel State Park – Blairsville

 

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The 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail makes a nice day trip for experienced hikers, offering a birds-eye view of the park’s lake.  For an easier walk, follow the Lake Loop to a small waterfall below the dam.  The twisting roads around Vogel, particularly Wolf Pen Gap Road, offer some of north Georgia’s prettiest fall scenery.

GeorgiaStateParks.org/Vogel

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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