Blue Ridge is a great place to visit no matter what time of the year you decide to come, but there’s something inherently magical about this part of the world from October through November. If you’re nodding your head in agreement right now, you already know why – it’s because the leaves are going through their annual change from lush green to vibrant red, yellow and orange colors!
Fall foliage is a big deal North Georgia, with tens of thousands of visitors flocking to Fannin County from all over the United States to see the stunning colors of autumn. Whether you’re staying in a Blue Ridge cabin rental for a week or simply visiting for an afternoon, you’re sure to make memories with friends and family in Blue Ridge during this time of year.
To make things easy on you, we’ve selected 5 of the BEST places to catch short and long-range views of the fall foliage in and around Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Long Creek Falls
One of the best ways to see the changing of the leaves is to hop out of the car and immerse yourself in nature. Long Creek Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Blue Ridge, with an easy hike to and from the waterfall. During autumn, Long Creek Falls is encapsulated by fall colors and trees surrounding the upper and lower portions of the waterfall. You’ll get an up-close view of the leaves while also experiencing the stunning beauty of this amazing waterfall – two for the price of one!
Vogel State Park
Located in Blairsville about 30 minutes from Blue Ridge, Vogel State Park offers plenty of bird’s-eye views of the fall foliage, especially on the roads surrounding this State Park, which is one of the oldest in Georgia. Whether you get out and walk around this fantastic park on foot or take a spin in your car around the lake, Vogel State Park is a must-see attraction in October and November.
Lake Blue Ridge
This might be our favorite entry! Rent a pontoon boat from the Lake Blue Ridge Marina or find a guided tour of the lake during peak leaf season for an unforgettable experience that incorporates the beauty of Lake Blue Ridge and the thousands of trees that dot its shores and the mountains surrounding the lake. This is relaxation epitomized!
If you enjoy an easy hike with amazing summit views of the fall leaves, travel about 30 minutes out of Blue Ridge to Brasstown Bald – the highest point in the State of Georgia. Because Brasstown Bald is so high up, the leaves around this area often change sooner than others at lower elevations. Once you reach the top, visit the charming museum or pose for pictures with your party. These photo ops are sure to make your friends jealous!
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Taking a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway during the height of leaf season is often #1 on people’s lists of where to see fall foliage. Let the leaves come to you on this 26-mile round trip along the Toccoa River, with a brief layover in McCaysville/Copperhill for shopping and lunch. We recommend a trip in the open-air rail car for the best experience!