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!
Visit Fausett Sunflower Farms in Dawsonville, Ga (9847 Elliott Family Pkwy, Dawsonville Ga 30534) just 2-miles south of Burt’s Pumpkin Farm. The farm has been owned by the Fausett family since 1858, and offers 13+ acres of gorgeous sunflowers for photos and your enjoyment. The farm is open 7 days a week from 8am – 7pm, and the cost is $10 per car. On the weekends your family can enjoy a covered wagon ride through the fields for $4 per person. 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
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. 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 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!
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, the only weekday u-pick place we have found. 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. 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 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. Leaf-peeping is the best part of fall! 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.
Enjoy a fall festival
Festivals are exciting things to do around Atlanta. You can feel the crisp air, try amazing southern food and enjoy the changing colors. Try a family-friendly grape stomp in Ringgold, the Foxfire Mountaineer Festival in Rabun County or the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. 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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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.