2014 Fall Color Report

Fall leaves cover the High Shoals TrailColorful trees along Forest Road 283

Friday, October 31, 2014

In the highest elevations above 3,500 feet, most of the trees have already lost their leaves. But some places below 3,000 feet still have pretty nice color. With windy weather forecast for Saturday, a lot of leaves with come down. Clear, crisp days usher in the beginning of the week. If you have time, take advantage of this chance to enjoy fall in the mountains. The end of the fall color season in north Georgia is at hand.

See some photos taken Tuesday, October 28th.

Here are some suggestions for driving tours through the mountains this fall.

  • Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway
  • U.S. Highway 76 between Blairsville and Clayton
  • State Highway 197 between Clarksville and U.S. Highway 76. Very pastoral and scenic.

Other good drives will be along Georgia Highway 52 anywhere between Chatsworth and Dahlonega. 

For other locations and scenic drives, check out some of the digital maps you can use.


Remember, you can get the latest forest news and alerts by following us on Twitter, and taking advantage of our mobile app that provides fall color alerts as well as a wealth of information about recreation opportunities in both the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests.

Fall Color Viewing Tips

  • Be prepared to be outdoors and bring these items:
    • A hat
    • Sweater or jacket
    • Good walking shoes
    • Water
    • Snacks or a picnic lunch
  • Camera, camcorder and binoculars
  • The scenic byways have that designation for a reason. Take advantage of the scenery and the overlooks.
  • Lakes often provide great photo ops with colorful reflections. Think Vogel State Park, Lake Winfield Scott, Lake Conasauga, Lake Hiawasee, Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Burton, Lake Rabun, Lake Russell.