Every year beginning in late September, folks in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia and the surrounding area welcome the autumn season, which brings with it cooler weather, apple picking tours, fall drives, pumpkin picking, Halloween, and perhaps the most anticipated event of all: the changing of the leaves!
Fall foliage is a big deal in this part of Georgia, with tens of thousands of visitors flocking to the area to experience the vibrant orange and yellow colors of fall. The great thing about spending a getaway vacation in Blue Ridge between October and November is that due to the varied elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains, fall foliage lasts longer than most places in the world.
Need a little help planning your fall foliage trip to Blue Ridge, GA? Look no further we've got the rundown for you right here, complete with peak viewing times and some helpful advice to plan your fall foliage trip to North Georgia!
When Are Peak Times for Fall Foliage in Blue Ridge, GA?
The answer to this question can vary from year to year. Typically, Georgia’s autumn hues will flourish in mid-to-late October; however, color can be seen as early as September and throughout much of November. Lots of visitors like to use the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival, which takes place in mid-September, as a way to visit the area to see how far along the leaves have come.
Pro Tip: You can always keep yourself up to date by using the Georgia Department of Natural Resource's "LeafWatch" website.
What Colors Can We Expect?
You can expect rich reds and orange hues with touches of auburn compliments. Many pine tres will remain green, which helps the bright yellows, reds, and oranges stand out. This presents amazing photo opportunities!
What Are the Best Places in Near Blue Ridge, GA to View Fall Foliage?
Vogel State Park - 39 Mins
As one of Georgia's oldest state parks, Vogel State Park is a favorite viewing spot for locals and visitors alike. Visit the on-site museum in the park for a fun history lesson, and make sure to take the time to explore and take in all of the fantastic leaf colors.
Brasstown Bald - 54 Mins
Located less than an hour away from Blue Ridge, Brasstown Bald is Georgia's tallest mountain, standing 4,784 feet above sea level. Enjoy a refreshing hike up the mountain to the Observatory Deck to discover an unforgettable 360-degree panoramic view, where rolling hills of red, orange and yellow stretch as far as the eye can see.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - Walking Distance From Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a must-do activity, whether you're enjoying the fall colors by yourself, with friends or with your family. Comprised of a 4-hour, 26 mile round trip along the beautiful Toccoa River in vintage, you can see the fall leaves in all of their glory from climate-controlled or open-air rail cars (we recommend the latter!). What's better, the train depot is located just outside of the SoCo reservations office, so feel free to check in to your Blue Ridge cabin rental, walk out the front door and hop on the train!
Bring Your Camera!
This one is a no-brainer, but what would a fall vacation in North Georgia be without a way to document your getaway vacation in the mountains?!
Bring Polarized Sunglasses and Filters
Polarized sunglasses and polarized filters for your camera can reduce glare and really help the fall colors pop, allowing you to get the most out your fall foliage journey in Blue Ridge.
Get Outside in the Mornings and Evenings
Because mid-day sunlight can be a bit harsh, get outside in the morning or evening to get the best views of the autumn leaves.
Bring Warm Clothes
If you plan on visiting Blue Ridge, GA in late mid to late October or November, make sure you bring long sleeve shirts and/or a light jacket; fall in the mountains can get a little chilly!
Book Your Blue Ridge Cabin Rental Early!
Without a doubt, the fall months are some of the most popular times of the year to enjoy a getaway vacation in the mountains. Our Blue Ridge cabin rentals, especially those with long-range mountain views, will book fast!
We look forward to seeing you in Blue Ridge, Georgia!