Top 10 Things to Do In North Georgia in Fall

Written By: Sydnah Kingrea

Take the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

See the vibrant fall colors as the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway takes you through the charming Appalachian foothills of North Georgia. Passengers will begin the trek at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia and continue on a 4-hour roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River and Chattahoochee National Forest. Explore the charming sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee during a two-hour layover before returning back to Blue Ridge.  

Bag the Peaks

Hiking is one of the most refreshing, invigorating and enjoyable activities to do during fall in North Georgia. What better time of year to take it up a notch and attempt an even more challenging hiking endeavor? This fall, bag some of the tallest peaks in North Georgia!

Brasstown Bald, Rabun Bald, Hightower Bald and Blood Mountain are only a few of the striking peaks in the region over 4,000 feet in height. Many of the peaks have trails off of the Georgia portion of the Appalachian Trail, so while you are checking Georgia peaks off your list, you are also marking off a few miles of the famous AT. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a sight to behold year-round, but there is something special about seeing them alive with color. 

Visit the North Georgia Orchards

Visit some of the beautiful North Georgia orchards and spend a day picking apples in the crisp fall air. Enjoy delectable fall treats like homemade fried pies, warm cider donuts and fresh apple cider. Take your bounty home and bake your own goodies to enjoy later on too! Click through some of our favorite North Georgia orchards below. 

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike

The Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes at Tallulah Gorge State Park are truly something to behold. Though the hikes are held on several dates throughout the year, early fall is the best time to enjoy a moonlit stroll along the suspension bridge and down to the rim of the gorge. See the light of the moon reflecting off the falls is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! The hike is only 1-mile long so it is a great option for all ages. 

Strike it Rich at the Consolidated Gold Mines

Unknown to most, North Georgia was the site of the first major United States gold rush. In 1828, gold was discovered in our very own Dahlonega, Georgia. It was not until 20 years later that the infamous California Gold Rush started. Visit the Consolidated Gold Mine and witness the largest hard rock gold mine east of the Mississippi. Attend a guided underground tour of the mine and pan for gemstones while you’re there! 

Horseback Trail Riding

What better way to truly take in the beauty and color of fall foliage than by horse? Fall is the optimal time to schedule a trail ride through scenic North Georgia. Booking your trip with one of the reputable companies below will include everything you need for a relaxing trail ride through pristine Georgia mountains and fields.  

Fall Festivals

Experience everything fall during the annual fall festivals in North Georgia- scarecrows, hayrides, pumpkins, apple pie, kettle corn, you name it! These festivals are fun for the entire family. There will be games, live music, food, shows, face painting, pumpkin carving and more! Check out some of the best fall festivals in North Georgia below.  

Car Shows

From classic car shows to rare car part exchange meet and greets, North Georgia has it all. Fall is the best time to attend a car show because the weather is ideal so you can take your time exploring the variety of vehicles there. See some of the most popular fall car shows in North Georgia below and plan your trip today!  

Jaemor Farms Corn Maze

Jaemor Farms of Alto is the place to be during the fall in North Georgia, but our favorite feature of the farm is the extensive corn maze they design for visitors every year. Get lost with friends and family and after the maze adventure, enjoy drinks, cookies, fried pies, kettle corn, funnel cakes and other classic autumn goodies at the concession stand nearby. Don’t forget to grab a pumpkin for your porch while you are there! 

Hard Cidery Tasting 

Cider has always been reminiscent of autumn days. This fall, take an adult spin on cider and try a quality craft hard ciders right here in North Georgia. Treehorn Cider in Marietta offers an abundance of cider varieties. Taste all the complex flavors of hand-crafted hard cider straight from the tap. Learn how hard cider is made and then kick back on the outdoor patio and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

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