Lucky you! When you live at Soleil at Laurel Canyon, you don’t have to travel far to experience the glorious fall foliage this season. Believe it or not, living in north Georgia gives you ready access to a dazzling display of fall colors. Better yet, due to the varied elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can experience one of the longest-running fall foliage seasons in the world. The leaves begin to change in the higher elevations in early October then work their way to the lower elevations by early November. So get yourself into leaf-peeper mode and check out these best places to see the pretty trees:
Cloudland Canyon State Park
This state park has impressive 1000-foot canyons (yes, in Georgia!) and broad vistas full of deciduous trees. From the overlooks at the rim, you can take in all varied hues of the leaves changing throughout the canyons. At peak season, the long-range views are quite the site to behold.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway – Fall Foliage Tour
Rather than go out to see all the fall colors, let the fall colors come to you! Riding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a fun and unique experience. Leave the driving to the conductor and relax in a railcar instead. You and your family can take in the sites on this beautiful, 26-mile round trip along the Toccoa River.
Vogel State Park
This favorite mountain spot is one is not to miss. Not only does it have stunning colors in the fall, but it is also one Georgia’s oldest state parks. As such, many of its charming facilities were built during the Depression era by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). You can learn more about the fantastic work done by the CCC by visiting the small, on-site museum (open seasonally.
If you didn’t already know, at 4,784-feet, Brasstown Bald is Georgia’s tallest mountain. The viewing platform at the top provides stunning 360-degree views — and an excellent spot to see the gorgeous fall foliage. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see all the way to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Red Top Mountain State Park
This nearby park offers more than 15-miles of hiking trails, all of which provide excellent fall foliage views. Add in the fact that the park is located on 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona, and your fall foliage photos will likely have some excellent reflective qualities if you catch our drift. There’s just something about the reflection of fall colors in a lake that makes it extra pretty.
If you’re not sure when the leaves will hit their peak, you can keep track using Georgia State Parks Leaf Watch. The site is often updated so you’ll know the best time to head out. Even outside of the fall season, all the places mentioned above are worth a visit. From our home base in Canton, Georgia, we are fortunate to have lots of wonderful places to experience — all within easy reach. Seize the day and enjoy every bit of living the good life here at Soleil at Laurel Canyon!