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Lingering warm temperatures have kept most of the leaves green around Blue Ridge, but that will be changing soon. With the later-than-normal arrival of cool air in the north Georgia mountains we are beginning to see the yellow and orange leaves everyone is so eager to view, but it looks like it will be another couple of weeks before most of them change. In the higher elevations around Blue Ridge leaf-seekers are beginning to see some yellow and gold, with most of the leaves that haven’t been blown away due to recent severe weather remaining green.

Finding a place to stay

If you are planning to visit the Blue Ridge area during the fall be aware that most (good) accommodations are booked up well in advance, so if you want to rent a cabin or stay at a bed & breakfast your best bet is to make reservations now for next year. You may still be able to find last-minute vacancies at an area hotel, but skip online booking. You’ll need to call and ask.

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Where to see fall foliage around Blue Ridge

The north Georgia mountains (and Blue Ridge in particular) provide an outstanding opportunity for residents and visitors alike to bask in the beauty of the changing seasons. Here are a few great ways to view the changing mountain leaves around Blue Ridge while enjoying some awesome outdoor activities.

  • Ride a Train – Hands down the #1 way to enjoy the changing seasons in the North Georgia mountains is by taking a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. This excursion train is a throwback to times past and provides visitors to the mountains the best opportunity to view nature and the changing leaves in all its natural splendor. The train travels through forests, open fields and along the Toccoa River and other creeks and streams before reaching McCaysville, Georgia and her sister-city Copperhill, Tennessee.
  • Buy Some Apples – Fannin County is blessed with several beautiful apple orchards, including Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Mountain View Orchards in McCaysville and Payne’s Apple Orchard in Epworth. All three orchards offer gorgeous mountain views and delicious local produce!
  • Go Fishing – There’s a reason that Fannin County has been recognized by the Georgia Legislature as the Trout Capital of Georgia. Besides our beautiful mountain lakes, ponds and reservoirs, the Blue Ridge area is also home to some of the best trout fishing action in the southeast. Dozens of trout streams and rivers meander through the area, providing anglers of all skill levels access to rainbow, brown and brook trout. Check out one of our expert fly fishing guides in Blue Ridge to book the perfect fall excursion!
  • Rent a Boat – There aren’t exactly a lot of boat rental companies in Blue Ridge, but if you want to get out on the water and view the gorgeous mountain fall foliage there’s no better way to do it. Give Lake Blue Ridge Marina a call at (706) 632-2618 and they can probably hook you up.
  • Ride a Horse – What better way to slow things down and get back to nature than by riding a horse through the Georgia mountains? The Blue Ridge area is home to several professional horseback trail riding companies.
  • Take a Ghost Tour – See the changing leaves with a flashlight while hunting for ghosts in this unique experience. Experience a walking tour of frightful tales, local lore, stories and histories of Blue Ridge and the surrounding area. Blue Ridge Ghost Tours is open Thursday and Friday, May through December.
  • Go Zip Lining – Soak it all in as you are zipping through the woods from tree to tree! There are several zip line companies in the Blue Ridge area and all of them offer a unique, exciting experience.

So what’s your favorite way to enjoy the changing scenery around Blue Ridge and the Georgia mountains in the fall? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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