LeafWatch 2013

Tallulah Gorge State Park

The Best Spots to Catch Fall Color

It's October – time to be dazzled by Mother Nature's fall finery. Our friends at the Georgia Forestry Commission note that the heavy summer rains may cause some leaves to fall early, but if drier, sunny conditions continue, we'll still see vibrant color through early November. Georgia State Parks provide some of the best spots for fall leaf viewing, and several are ideal for a family-friendly walk in the woods. Before heading out, check the LeafWatch web page (gastateparks.org/leafwatch) to see where the fieriest color can be found.


Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls

gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge
The scenery is spectacular and a little-known paved trail is a great option for families.

Don Carter State Park, Lake Lanier

gastateparks.org/DonCarter
The newest state park in Georgia opened this summer on Lake Lanier. Fall color views from the water would be beautiful, and two trails (one for hikers only and one for bikers, too) cut through hardwood forest.

Red Top Mountain State Park, Lake Allatoona

gastateparks.org/RedTop-Mountain-Hiking
Besides terrific fall color, families visiting here can stroll a paved path behind the park office and explore a log cabin and blacksmith shed.

Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs

gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek-Hiking
The popular one-mile Red Trail follows the creek to old mill ruins, and rocky bluffs inside the park provide spectacular views of the trees.

Vogel State Park, Blairsville

gastateparks.org/Vogel-Hiking
An easy hike, The Lake Loop Trail, leads to a small waterfall, and the roads that wind around the park are breathtaking stretches of fall color.

If you visit one of these (or any other Georgia State Park or historic site) take photos and post them to facebook.com/georgiastateparks. Each week in October, one winner will receive a one-year membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.
For a list of qualifying locations for photographs, visit gastateparks.org/map.  (Please submit no more than 3 photos per week per person.)

Are the kids asking why leaves change color? Click here for an easy-to-follow explanation!