6 Incredible Ways to Enjoy Fall in the Georgia Mountains

There’s nothing a like a crisp, cool Georgia fall season.  Looking for fall events to do near Atlanta?  Why not head on up to the mountains!

In the north Georgia mountains, you’ll find sunflowers, apples and pumpkins galore. Not to mention, waterfalls, leaf peeping, and all kinds of family fun!

There are so many great fall things to do in north Georgia. Here are six reasons to make the trek into the mountains right now!

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Take Photos with the Sunflowers

Say Cheese!  Visit Fausett Sunflower Farms in Dawsonville, just 2-miles south of Burt’s Pumpkin Farm and take as many pictures as you want with these gorgeous flowers.

The farm has been owned by the Fausett family since 1858, and offers 30+ acres of gorgeous sunflowers for photos and your enjoyment.

The farm is open 7 days a week from 8am – 7pm, and the cost is $5/person, and kids under 5 are free.

The sunflowers usually bloom in late September and into October, but it’s all weather-dependent, so check their Facebook page.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

It’s that time of year — and you need a pumpkin to celebrate! There are multiple pumpkin patch farms in the North Georgia Mountains, but we always gravitate to Burt’s Farm because of it’s proximity to Amicalola Falls — located at the Georgia state park up the road.

On the weekdays you can pick out a pumpkin, take photos, and find a treat in the store.

On weekends there are hay rides, concessions, and even more things to do. Honestly, the hay ride lines are very long, but it is a special treat for little ones that you have to do at least once before they grow up!  It’s one of our favorite fall adventures!

Pick Apples

Apple pies, apple cookies, apple cider…apple fun is one our favorite things to do around Atlanta!

On weekdays, head to BJ Reece Orchards in Ellijay.  It’s one of the only orchards that offers U-pick on weekdays! Entrance to the orchard is $2 per person, and ½ peck bags are $6 and go up from there. Another $3 lets you in the petting zoo with the cutest pigs and baby goats you’ve ever seen.  They also offer a couple of weekend packages that include everything the farm offers — like a wagon ride, scavenger hunt, apple cannon, giant jumping pillow, pony rides, and so much more.

Another good weekday U-pick choice is also in Ellijay — Hillcrest Orchards.  For the weekday admission price of $8, you get access to the petting farm, wagon rides, and all the playgrounds. The playgrounds include giant slides, a kiddie corn maze playground, a jumping pillow, and more. (On weekends, the price goes up to $14, and includes even more entertainment.)

Looking for other apple picking places on the weekend? Check out our post on apple picking.  (Mercier is my favorite for the weekend, with a great restaurant, wagon rides and hard cider tastings.)

Visit a Waterfall

There tends to be more rain in the fall, and with more rain you see more water on the waterfalls!  Visit Amicalola Falls, Anna Ruby Falls, or any number of great waterfalls in the mountains.

We love Helton Creek because the kiddos can splash in the water (never mind the temps)!

Have you seen our list of Georgia State Parks with Waterfalls? Or five easy waterfall hikes for families?

Go for a Hike

Hiking is a great fall escape, and hiking affords families the opportunity to unplug and unwind. Checking out the fall foliage is one of the best parts of fall in Georgia!

Here are 125 hikes that are all under 2-miles and great for the kids, and the best Georgia State Parks for fall color. My favorite thing to do is hike a vista and look out over the rim at the gorgeous fall color.

Want to check out the fall colors on a Georgia mountain?  Blood Mountain is one of our favorite family hiking adventures.

(Want to check out the fall foliage without the hiking?  Check out the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in the fall. It’s wonderful!)

Enjoy a Fall Festival

Fall festivals are one of the best seasonal traditions around.  You can feel the crisp air, try amazing food, and enjoy the beautiful colors of the season.

Try out the Foxfire Mountaineer Festival in Rabun County, or the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay.  Looking for a great arts and craft festival?  Check out the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee(The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival has been postponed until 2021.)

Check out our post about 52 Fall Festivals that your family will love!

What did we miss? What is your favorite fall escape in the mountains? 


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Looking for things to do around Atlanta this fall? Why not head to the mountains?!! There are sunflowers, apples and pumpkins galore. Not to mention waterfalls and leaf peeping. Here are six reasons to make the trek into the forest right now!

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