There is nothing like fall in Northwest Georgia! When planning your road trips and getaways to see the sights and colors of autumn, check out these cool places to visit. Be sure to capture some photos to share with your friends, too! Use this hashtag when you post #VisitNWGA!
Swinging Bridge on the Toccoa Surrounded by beautiful hardwoods and the scenic Toccoa River near Blue Ridge, it is beautiful in all seasons but especially so in the fall. The best way to go and see this 270’ long Swinging Bridge in the fall is to take the Mountains & Countryside Driving tour. Getting there on this tour is just as special as the destination! Be sure to visit Falls Branch Falls on the way. Click HERE for directions.
Georgia’s Rome Downtown Make your way to the corner of E. 5th Avenue and Broad Street in downtown Rome for the unexpected. The ginkgos on Broad Street are beautiful in the fall, and beloved by locals and visitors alike; they typically peak in mid-November. You will also love the scenic color of the Appalachian Mountain foothills as you enjoy the surrounding trails that run through and around the vibrant, historic district.
Fort Mountain State Park This is one place to check out for sure. The drive up the mountain on Hwy 52 provides some beautiful views before arriving to the park. Once inside, take the walk to the mysterious rock wall or just enjoy a leisurely stroll around the lake, all while taking in the colors of your surroundings.
James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park This park is an unexpected hidden gem. Stroll around the lakes or take the moderately easy Marble Mine Trail to a 35-foot waterfall next to an old mine. Adventure AND beautiful fall color…this is a must-see!
Cloudland Canyon State Park You will love exploring this park with not one, but two waterfalls at the bottom of the canyon. The rim trail offers amazing views of the canyon and surrounding mountain tops. Why not make a weekend of it and stay in a yurt right by a hiking trail!
Gibbs Gardens In the foothills of Northwest Georgia there is a world-class destination garden just waiting to be discovered. Gibbs Gardens Seasons of Color is a feast for the senses all year long, and especially striking in the fall. Explore the 300-acre estate garden with 220 acres of artistically landscaped gardens, a majestic forest, spring-fed ponds, streams, waterfalls, and bridge crossings.
See Rock City Enjoy a bird’s eye view of breathtaking fall foliage from high atop Lookout Mountain at Rock City. You’ll be amazed at the dappled blanket of color spreading out across the valley below with the view of seven states in the distance (prime leaf peeping season is mid-October through mid-November). During October Days this fall (daily through Nov 1), Rock City will feature specialty food and beverages that will transport you to a cozy state of mind with treats like spiced apple cider funnel cakes, Bavarian pretzels with beer from Chattanooga Brewing Company and warm apple pie à la mode. Themed photo stations and fall décor offer plenty of options for capturing a perfect family photo.
Red Top Mountain State Park The park is best known as a summer destination, but the more than 15 miles of trails and gorgeous lake are perfect for taking in the autumn colors of fall. Be sure to have your camera ready because you WILL see deer. Change up your usual adventure and rent a boat from the marina and see the park from an aquatic view.