Crimson reds, rustic oranges and bright yellows mark the much-anticipated start of fall in Georgia’s state parks.
Optionally, head outside to enjoy the kaleidoscopic landscape with family and friends from viewpoints, under waterfalls, in kayaks or tents. No matter what kind of adventure visitors are looking for, there are activities in Georgia’s state parks that everyone can fall for. Set out to find out why these parks are must-visit fall spots.
With the Leaf Watch 2022 trip planner, visitors can visit GaStateParks.org/LeafWatch for information on the perfect Georgia State Parks for viewing fall foliage. The site also features hiking tips, fall events, and news from park rangers. Visitors are encouraged to tag their most Instagrammable photos with #GaLeafWatch and #GaStateParks for a chance to be featured on the Leaf Watch website.
Sleep under the stars
Looking for the perfect spot to toast s’mores and really enjoy the crisp, cool fall air? There’s no better time to gather around the campfire than fall. Regardless of the gear, whether it’s an RV or a tent, or how you prefer to get there by foot, boat, or car, Georgia State Parks has campgrounds for everyone. Stay in the heart of fall beauty and in the middle of the action at Black Rock Mountain, FD Roosevelt or Tallulah Gorge State Parks. Some unique campgrounds include Chattahoochee Bend and High Falls where you can paddle to your spot, lakefront sites in Tugaloo, Elijah Clark and Seminole, or tented platforms in Victoria Bryant and Fort Mountain. Camp your steed at equestrian campgrounds at Hard Labor Creek, AH Stephens, General Coffee and Watson Mill Bridge State Parks. GaStateParks.org/Camping.
Leaf peeking at the top viewpoints
Track the vibrant fall colors sweeping through the Peach State at some top parks to watch the leaves. Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Amicalola Falls, Vogel, Unicoi, FD Roosevelt and Tallulah Gorge State Parks offer top viewpoints with beautiful fall foliage. Visit these hot spots to enjoy a dazzling display of fall colors from late October through November, depending on the weather and temperatures.
Those who like to venture off the beaten track will particularly enjoy the lesser-known state parks for viewing the fall colors – Moccasin Creek, James H. Sloppy Floyd, Victoria Bryant, Chattahoochee Bend, and Watson Mill Bridge. GaStateParks.org/hike
Waterfalls are the calling card of Georgia state parks. Choose from one of Georgia’s many stunning waterfalls, perfectly positioned throughout the state. From a lookout or bridge below, watch the whitewater tumble while the rocks reflect bright reds and oranges of autumn.
At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Southeast. Cloudland Canyon has two waterfalls that cascade over layers of sandstone and shale into the pools below. Guests can also discover these natural wonders at Fort Mountain, Black Rock Mountain, High Falls, Tallulah Gorge and Vogel State Parks. Best of all, the cooler fall temperatures make the hike to these falls even more rewarding.
Fishing in Georgia State Parks
Reel it this fall. From trout to spotted bass, striped bass and crappie, Georgia’s state parks offer some of the best fly, trout and bass fishing in the country. Choose from a variety of parks to start the adventure. New to fishing? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Fishing Tackle Loaner Program allows new anglers to fish without having to purchase tackle. GaStateParks.org/ParkFishing.
Adventures in the autumn water
Hard Labor Creek, Stephen C. Foster, George L. Smith, Indian Springs and more will delight water lovers who prefer to see leaves from a kayak. Paddling lakes gives you a different perspective of fall colors, including coppery cypresses reflected in tannin-hued ponds. Sign up for a ranger-led paddle boarding or rent a canoe to explore on your own. GaStateParks.org/Paddling
Horseback riding at FD Roosevelt State Park
Trot through the Georgia countryside on guided horseback rides at FD Roosevelt State Park. You’ll be surrounded by bright fall foliage and have stunning views of Georgia hardwoods, moss-covered rock gardens and the Pine Mountain Valley. Horse owners will find other parks with equestrian facilities such as stables and campgrounds nearby. GaStateParks.org/Equestrian
Discover on two wheels
Bikers will get their fill of fall thrills as they tear down invigorating hills and past colorful overlooks in Fort Mountain and Cloudland Canyon State Parks. Race past bright fall colors and scenic vistas in the forests of Panola Mountain and Red Top Mountain. These parks are part of Georgia’s Muddy Spokes Club, a series of mountain bike trails created to challenge experienced and casual riders alike to tackle 68 miles of trails in 11 state parks. GaStateParks.org/Biking