Best fall hikes in North Georgia

Hike to these North Georgia mountain summits and waterfalls to catch the best fall leaf color in Georgia. Top 10 favorite autumn hiking trails from Atlanta Trails.

Autumn is the favorite hiking season of many in North Georgia, as days become cooler, nights become crisp, skies become brilliantly blue, and the cool air triggers a spectrum of leaf color in deciduous trees in the mountains.

Autumn’s cool air makes for comfortable fall hiking, camping and backpacking, as Georgia sheds its summertime heat. Fall leaf color explodes throughout the state’s rolling southern Appalachians, painting the valleys and mountains in yellow, orange and red. And there’s just something about the Fall that goes hand-in-hand with hiking (and pumpkin-flavored everything)… it’s by far the favorite season to hit the trail.

Temperatures and elevations range across the state, so peak leaf change will vary throughout. Leaf change starts with high-elevation mountain summits in early fall, and moves down to lower creek valleys and more southern latitudes as the season moves on. Most of northern Georgia sees peak leaf color in mid-October to mid-November.

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