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Leaf Watch: Where to See Autumn Colors

Georgia's state parks offer tips on when and where to find leaves turning colors.

Fall has begun, so it's time to head out and watch the leaves turn colors. Georgia State Parks offer some of the best viewing sites with Leaf Watch 2012.

So before you pull out your camera and your hiking boots, check out Leaf Watch 2012 for advice on where and when to find the best color in Georgia state parks, whether you plan to hike, bike or drive on country roads.

Northern Georgia typically peaks in late October, though color can be seen as early as September and as late as mid-November.

Leaf Watch 2012 provides updates from park rangers, safety tips for hiking and event calendars. Last-minute availability for cabins, yurts, campsites and lodge rooms in state parks also will be posted.

Whether hiking, biking or simply driving country roads, travelers can check Leaf Watch 2012 for advice on where and when to find the best color in Georgia’s state parks. They can read updates from park rangers, get safety tips for hiking, and browse event calendars. Last-minute availability for cabins, yurts, campsites and lodge rooms in the state parks will also be posted.

“Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature’s handiwork,” said State Park Director Becky Kelley. “We have short nature trails that are good for kids, and longer trails that are perfect for experienced hikers. We even have roadside overlooks that make it easy to enjoy the view during a road trip.”

State officials recently announced Georgia’s top 10 state parks for leaf watching, which included:

  • Amicalola Falls
  • Black Rock Mountain
  • Cloudland Canyon
  • Fort Mountain
  • Moccasin Creek
  • James H. Sloppy Floyd
  • Smithgall Woods
  • Tallulah Gorge
  • Unicoi
  • Vogel

Georgia’s newest state park, Chattahoochee Bend, features thick hardwoods reflecting off the winding river. Beautiful maples and oaks can be found on the Pine Mountain Trail at F.D. Roosevelt State Park.

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