Georgia State Parks’ “Leaf Watch” provides travel tips for leaf voyeurs

The annual arrival of pumpkin and spice flavors and cooler temperatures have many people eager for fall getaways. To help leaf watchers plan their fall getaways, Georgia State Parks has launched “Leaf Watch 2022” to track fall color as it moves through the Peach State.

Found at GaStateParks.org/LeafWatch, the Trip Planner is filled with the best trails and viewpoints, mountain lodges and campsites, fall events, and safe hiking tips.

Park rangers are often asked when leaf color will peak. Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but Georgia’s most vibrant hues usually arrive around late October or early November. Shutterbugs are encouraged to share their favorite photos on Instagram, tagging #GaLeafWatch and @GaStateParks for a chance to have their photos featured on Leaf Watch.

The suspension bridge at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Rabun County offers 360-degree views of the fall foliage. (photo by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites)

“With kid-friendly nature trails, challenging mountain hikes, cozy campsites and cozy cabins, Georgia’s state parks are the perfect fall-themed escape,” says Kim Hatcher, Georgia State Parks Public Affairs. “After a day on the trails, park visitors can relax by a fire and enjoy gooey s’mores.”

Since state parks can be especially busy on fall weekends, rangers encourage guests to visit weekdays or explore lesser-known destinations like Victoria Bryant or Don Carter State Parks. .

The key to vibrant fall colors is warm, sunny days paired with very cool, but not freezing, nights. Most years, the mountains of Georgia peak around the end of October. The color continues to cover the lower elevations until early November. Even some places in southern Georgia have beautiful colors through late November, such as George L. Smith and Providence Canyon State Parks.

From cabins to campsites to “glamping” yurts, Georgia state parks offer a variety of accommodations where leaf voyeurs can stay amidst fall scenery. Officials are advising visitors to make reservations as early as possible, even for fall 2023, as it’s common for cabins to be booked more than a year in advance.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-864-7275 or online at GaStateParks.org.

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