Fall in the North Georgia mountains is always a beautiful time of year. It’s no wonder that it is also the busiest time of the year for tourism and guests visiting the inn. At the inn we always look forward to seeing color changes. The colors range from the vivid reds to oranges to yellows. Each day brings another tree turning colors until mid November.
Weather influences when the colors change and the vividness of the colors. By weather we mean the balance of the right amount of rainfall with the right amount of cooler temperatures.
Guests to the area can enjoy viewing the Fall colors from hiking on the Appalachian trail, visiting one of several waterfalls including Amicalola Falls or just sipping wine on one of the decks of the many wineries in the region. One of our favorite viewing areas is Preacher’s Rock which is located on the Appalachian trail near Woody Gap (see our video at Preacher’s Rock).
North of the inn there is a scenic route that circles some of the highest areas which provides some of the most beautiful Fall colors. From the inn take a left onto highway 19 north; go to the rock pile (Stonepile Gap) and take a left towards Suches- before you get to Suches the Appalachian trail crosses the road (Gooch Gap)- park on the right and hike to Preacher’s Rock on the AT behind the bathrooms. After that short hike come back to your car and head right towards Suches. Take a right in Suches and head past Lake Winfred Scott Park (stop and see the lake if you wish). Take a right out of the park and head towards Blairsville. You will see another intersection which will take you left or right- choose right and you will see Vogel State Park on the right (stop if you like). Take a right out of Vogel and you will eventually see Mountain Crossing store where the AT crosses the road. You can hike to Blood Mountain, the highest part of the county (the store prefers you park at the parking lot prior to the store if you plan on hiking to Blood Mountain). If you do not want to do the hike you must visit the store. Head left out of their parking lot down the mountain and you will eventually see the intersection with Dahlonega to the right (there is a little restaurant on the river at that intersection (stop in for a cold beer or a sandwich. You will be heading towards Dahlonega and will take a left at the earlier rock pile (Stone Pile Gap) mentioned near the beginning of this journey and you will be back at the inn.
Other favorite Fall viewing places include the Richard Russell scenic parkway towards Helen, northeast of the inn. On that parkway is Raven Cliff Falls and Duke’s Creek which are great hikes.
Some guests enjoy going the Fall festivals in other nearby counties like the Apple Festival in Ellijay. You can also visit the pumpkin farm near Amicalola Falls to see the giant pumpkins and take a hay ride. Nearby corn maze’s are fun!
Come stay with us and enjoy the vibrant colors.
Photos courtesy of Julie Best
Come stay with us during the Fall season.