Seven Places in Metro Atlanta Perfect for Enjoying the Fall Leaves
Planning to take the family on a pilgrimage to the North Georgia mountains to check out the spectacular scenes of orange, red, brown and gold leaves? How about checking out the fall foliage nearby instead? There are plenty of areas right here in metro Atlanta to catch that magical leaf transformation. Late October to early November is prime time for leaf watching.
Less than 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Panola Mountain offers picturesque scenes of foliage throughout the park as well as a playground. Bonus: it is one of only three “natural heritage areas” in the state, meaning it is recognized as a place where history, cultural and natural wonders combine with places where people work and live.
On the Eastside of Atlanta, enjoy the mature trees lining the streets of Grant Park, a historic Atlanta neighborhood. The park itself, Atlanta’s oldest, is 131 acres of green space with mature trees with fall color throughout. Grant Park is also home to Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park Farmers Market, and a great playground and walking trail.
In Roswell, add a little history with fall foliage by checking out the leaves at The Roswell Mill and the nearby historic town square. At the Mill, visitors hike across the bridge and up to a waterfall while enjoying the scenery –the bridge is a popular spot for photographers. Then, take the less-than-half-a-mile walk to Roswell’s historic town square. There, gaze at the beautiful trees around the square and tour the nearly 200-year-old mansion, Barrington Hall.
Just a few miles west of the city and packed with trees, tell the kids you’re in north Georgia at this beautiful park. For a family-friendly hike, the one-mile Red/History Trail follows Sweetwater creek and ends at the ruins of an old textile mill. This park is a great overnight option as well. Wake up to the sight of fall foliage with playgrounds, campsites and even a yurt village.