Mobile App and Fall Colors

Before you take in the beauty of our national forests, make sure you download the Forest Service’s new mobile app. It will help you get to where you want to go and it’s all in the palm of your hand! Download the new app before you hit the road. The app is available through both Apple App Store and Google Play.  

View the Interactive Visitor Map for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests


Fall Colors

Are you ready for fall color? The National Forests are a great place to view autumn splendor! In the earliest part of the fall season, the highest peaks in north Georgia are the first to turn brilliant reds and yellows. These early heralds of fall color include tulip poplar, dogwood and maple trees.

As usual, colors will cascade down the mountains starting at the highest peaks. From those lofty ridges, color will eventually work down into the valleys, with ‘peak’ colors dropping approximately 1,000 feet in elevation every week. 

The week of October 24 is typically the peak for the north Georgia mountains.

What to see

Fall color over the mountains

One of the scenic views on the Chattahoochee National Forest. (Forest Service photo). Free, high resolution, fall color photographs from across the National Forests are also available at 


Fall color over the mountains

Take in 360-degree views atop the 4,784 feet Brasstown Bald. Enjoy the view from Georgia's tallest mountain with live, streaming webcams no matter where you are standing at the observatory.


Where can I see them?

Leaves in Lake Trahlyta, Vogel State Park

Map of driving tours in north Georgia


Fall Color Viewing Tips

Be prepared to be outdoors in cool temperatures and rapidly changing conditions - Know Before You Go. Always remember safety first and bring:


Why do leaves change color anyway?

Leaves turn green each spring as they use pigments (chlorophyll, xanthophyll, and carotenoids) to harness the sun’s energy. The chlorophyll absorbs red and blue wavelengths but not the green ones that are reflected back to our eyes. In other words, the other ‘fall’ colors are always there, they are just hiding underneath the chlorophyll!

As temperatures cool and days get shorter, leaves on deciduous trees stop producing new chlorophyll, and the familiar green color breaks down to reveal the other pigments that have been masked all season. Chlorophyll is expensive to make (for the tree); so when there isn't enough light to make it worth expending energy on, the green fades and the colors beneath show. Learn more about Fall Colors Science.


Learn more about fall color