When Is Peak Fall Foliage In North Georgia 2017?

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.  This year, with the unseasonably colder temps, we may see more Fall foliage late September heading into October.  To track the changes, the Georgia's Department of Natural Resources will update their "LeafWatch" page starting next month. A few things to note:

Three summer weather conditions help meteorologists predict when peak foliage change takes place:
  • Dry Summer conditions - Earlier than average color change and slower drop.
  • Normal Summer conditions - Mid-October to Mid-November slow gradual change and drop.
  • Wet Summer conditions - Later than average color change and quicker drop.

(Map courtesy of the Weather Channel)


Take some time off and make Blue Ridge your home base for scenic adventures in North Georgia.  Here are a few of our favorite drives:


Best Scenic Drives in North Georgia

  • Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway
  • Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway
  • U.S. Highway 76 from Ellijay to all points east to the state line and South Carolina
  • Georgia Highway 60 between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge
  • Georgia Highway 52 between Chatsworth and Ellijay
  • Georgia Highway 129 between Cleveland and Blairsville
  • Georgia Highway 75 between Cleveland and Hiawassee
  • Georgia Highway 197 from Clarkesville to U.S. Highway 76
  • U.S. Highway 441 from the Baldwin and Cornelia area north to the state line with North Carolina


Best Scenic Hikes in North Georgia

If you want to get out an explore by foot or bike, check out these options to explore:

  • Ocoee Whitewater Center Trails
  • Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads - Jacks River Falls or Jacks River Trail
  • Benton MacKaye Trail - Fall Branch Falls, Swinging Bridge, Long Creek Falls or Aska Trails Area
  • Appalachian Trail - Three Forks, Springer Mountain or Amicalola Falls & Trails

For more options, Atlanta Trails lists their favorites, click here!