25 Fun Things To Do in Georgia for Fall

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[Updated 7/17/2023]

You know it’s nearly fall in Georgia when the sweltering heat of summer gives way to a cool, crisp morning breeze, and you start swapping out bikinis and board shorts for boots and sweaters.

When the first maple trees begin to transform and suddenly everything becomes pumpkin-themed and flavored, you know fall in Georgia is coming in full force!

When this magical time of year rolls around, there’s plenty of fun things to do in Georgia to look forward to.

From enjoying Georgia’s fall fairs and festivals to picking apples and visiting a pumpkin patch to find the perfect one to take home, there’s a good reason why this is so many people’s favorite season. 

It’s wondrous when the fall foliage in Georgia transforms with brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange. The temperature is just right for exploring the endless natural beauty the state of Georgia has to offer.

To help you make the most of the season, read on to see 25 of our favorite fun things to do in Georgia for Fall, including a handy map to help you plan your visit! 

READ MORE: 101+ Things to Do in North Georgia

Fun Things To Do in Georgia for Fall Guide

  1. Hike to the top of Brasstown Bald
  2. Navigate the Corn Maze at Uncle Shucks
  3. Go Apple Picking at Mercier Orchards
  4. Take a Ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
  5. Experience Oktoberfest in Helen
  6. Attend the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay
  7. Drive the Richard B Russell Scenic Byway
  8. Find the Perfect Jack-O-Lantern at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm
  9. Celebrate Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega
  10. Family-Friendly Fun at the Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival
  11. Watch the Sunrise (or Sunset) at Black Rock Mountain State Park
  12. Wine Tastings in North Georgia
  13. Carnival Rides at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta
  14. Rent a Cozy Treehouse in the North GA Mountains
  15. Frightful Fun at Netherworld Haunted House
  16. Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival
  17. Scarecrows in the Garden
  18. Atlanta Chili Cookoff
  19. Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
  20. Stone Mountain Highland Games & Scottish Festival
  21. Mountain Moonshine Festival and Car Show
  22. Dancing Goats Folk Fest
  23. Zombie Farms Haunted House
  24. Gibbs Gardens

READ MORE: 20 Fun, Festive Places to Celebrate Christmas in Georgia

Fun Things To Do in Georgia - Fall colors in Georgia at Brasstown Bald
Fall colors at Brasstown Bald, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

1. Hike to the Top of Brasstown Bald

Intersection of Highway 180 and Spur 180 • 706-896-2556 

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One of the most notable signs that autumn in Georgia has arrived is when the leaves start to transform into those fabulous warm-toned hues.

If you’re looking for a place to see the changing fall colors at their most dynamic, Brasstown Bald should be #1 on your list.

Towering 4,784 feet above the incredible 867,000-acre Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Brasstown Bald is the tallest mountain in Georgia, making it a great vantage point for eyeing all of the colorful Fall foliage. 

After a short, steep .55-mile hike up the mountain (or a quick trip on the shuttle bus) you’ll reach a viewing platform that offers breathtaking 360-degree views. On a clear day you can see Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee!

Due to its higher elevation, Brasstown Bald is one of the first places in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia where the leaves begin to change. So you can visit a little earlier in the season and still get to see some fantastic fall colors.

READ MORE: Fall in the Mountains of North Georgia (Where to See the Best Fall Colors)

Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze
2020 Corn Maze, photo courtesy Uncle Shucks Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

2. Navigate the Corn Maze at Uncle Shucks

Sept-Nov Open Fri-Sun • 125 Bannister Road, Dawsonville • 770-772-6223

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Located in the small town of Dawsonville GA, Uncle Shucks Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch features a new and exciting corn maze design every year.

Trying to see if we can find our way through all of its crazy twists and turns has been a longtime family tradition. 

The maze is set in a 15-acre field of corn, with around 4 miles of trails to make your way through. Luckily, they give you a handy guide to help you navigate, with checkpoints along the way. 

There are plenty of other family fall activities at Uncle Shucks, including taking a tractor-driven wagon ride, playing on the tire mountain, picking pumpkins from the patch, and roasting marshmallows at the bonfire. 

For older kids and adults, there’s also a haunted trail known as “the Dark Rows” after the sun sets. The corn maze and pumpkin patch will open for the 2023 season in mid-September and will remain open until early November.

READ MORE: The 20 Best Pumpkin Patches in Georgia to Visit

Apple U-Pick at Mercier Orchards
Apple U-Pick at Mercier Orchards

3. Go Apple Picking at Mercier Orchards

Daily Aug-Sept • 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge • 706-632-3411

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Apple orchards are especially prominent in North Georgia, growing a variety of apples that begin to ripen in August and September. Visiting an orchard and picking fruit is another popular fall family activity. 

Arguably the most popular place for apple picking in Georgia is Mercier Orchards. This Blue Ridge-based, family-owned apple orchard has been producing bountiful harvests for over 75 years now. 

Located on 300 acres of pastoral land, they usually have plenty of apples to choose from, including Granny Smith, Arkansas Black, Detroit Red, Gold Rush, Crimson Crist, Mutsu, and many more varieties.

Your admission for “U-Pick” apple events includes a ride on the tractor through the farm, where guides will give instructions on how to pick the fruit and plenty of time to search for the brightest, juiciest apples. 

READ MORE: Apple Picking in Georgia: The 10 Best North GA Apple Orchards to Visit

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge GA
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

4. Take a Ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Sept 21, Oct 1-Nov 7 • Depot Street, Blue Ridge • 877-413-8724

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Trains and railroads have played a significant role in Georgia history, particularly in towns such as Summerville, Nacoochee (now part of Helen), and Conyers. 

Taking a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a fun and entertaining way to experience fall in GA, while also learning more about the state’s past.

Departing from the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, the train takes guests on a scenic 26-mile round-trip journey along the Toccoa River to the twin Blue Ridge Mountain towns of McCaysville GA, and Copperhill TN. 

Throughout the four-hour trip, you can gaze out the window in awe at the picturesque views of the Georgia mountains as they dazzle with the vibrant jewel-tone shades of fall.

While you take in the sights, you can also listen to stories told by the conductors and “car hosts,” who have a wealth of information about the Appalachian culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

READ MORE: The 20 Best Things to Do in Blue Ridge GA

Helen GA Oktoberfest Parade
Oktoberfest Parade, photo courtesy Explore Georgia

5. Experience Oktoberfest in Helen

Sept 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-Oct 29 • 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen • 706-878-1908

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One of the most popular cultural festivals in the USA (and the longest-running celebration of its kind in the country), Oktoberfest in Helen GA is an iconic fall festival that takes place from mid-September to early November.

The celebrations take place in the city’s Bavarian-style Festhalle, and involve lively traditional music, dancing, outfits, food, and massive steins of beer.

Rows of long tables are set up so that visitors can enjoy the festivities while listening to German-style polka bands and other musical acts that have come from all over the country.

Every day of the festival brings all kinds of joy and celebration, which reach its peak at the immensely popular Oktoberfest Parade. So it is definitely a day you won’t want to miss!

Plan on coming back in December for Christmas in Helen GA, which was recently rated the “Top Christmas Town in America” by MSN.com and one of Southern Living‘s Best Christmas Towns in the USA. 

READ MORE: The 15 Best Things to Do in Helen GA

Georgia Apple Festival
Photo courtesy of Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

6. Attend the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay

Oct 14-15 & 21-22• 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay • 706-636-4500

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Known as the “the Apple Capital of Georgia,” the town of Ellijay GA is most famous for its apple orchards and hosting the annual Georgia Apple Festival. 

Offering two weekends of celebration (Oct 14-15 & 21-22, 2023), the fall festival features over 300 vendors, including food, hand-crafted items, and on-site arts and crafts demonstrations.

The 52nd-anniversary celebration in 2023 will also include the always-popular parade and antique show.

The festival takes place at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Ellijay GA. Note that parking is limited, but there’s a free shuttle service. 

Admission is $5, but children ages 10 and under are able to enjoy the festival for free!

READ MORE: The 10 Best Restaurants in Ellijay GA for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy near Helen Ga
Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

7. Drive the Richard B Russell Scenic Highway

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Also known as Hwy 348, the Richard B Russell Scenic Highway stretches 23 miles between the charming mountain towns of Blairsville and Helen.

However, if you want a longer road trip, it can be extended by continuing north to Hiawassee, or taking the 40.6-mile Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway loop. 

But the Richard B Russell Scenic Highway itself boasts plenty of natural beauty that is only heightened by the fall colors of in Georgia, which make the drive’s stunning scenery especially captivating.

Along the route, there are plenty of places to stop and admire the changing Fall foliage, such as Smithgall Woods State Park and nearby waterfalls including Dukes Creek Falls, Helton Creek Falls, and DeSoto Falls.  

There are also several incredible overlooks along the way where you can stop and admire the breathtaking views. Hogpen Gap is one of our favorite places to watch the sunset.

READ MORE: The 20 Best Easy Hiking Trails to Waterfalls in Georgia

Burt's Farm Pumpkin Patch
Photo courtesy of Burt’s Farm

8. Find the Perfect Jack-O-Lantern at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm

Sept-Nov, Hayride Sept 15-Nov • 5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Road, Dawsonville • 706-265-3701

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There are plenty of fun things to do in Georgia in Fall, but arguably none are as popular as finding that perfect pumpkin to take home and carve into a Jack-O-Lantern.

There are plenty of pumpkin patches all across Georgia you can visit, but one of our favorites (and one of the most popular in the state) is Burt’s Pumpkin Farm.

Owned by Johnny and Kathy Burt, the farm grows more than 20 varieties of pumpkins on 50 to 70 acres of farmland each year. So you’re practically guaranteed to find one to suit your family’s liking.

Along with picking out a pumpkin, you can also take a hayride around the farm that ends on top of a mountain, where you’ll get an awesome view of Amicalola Falls and the pumpkin patch below.

Before you leave, make sure to check out their country store, where you can browse all sorts of delicious pumpkin-flavored goodies and seasonal decorations to make your home feel more festive. 

READ MORE: The 24 Best Pumpkin Patches in Georgia to Visit

Gold Rush Days Festival in Dahlonega
Gold Rush Days Festival in Dahlonega GA

9. Celebrate Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega

Oct 21-22 • Public Square, Dahlonega

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Celebrating the area’s discovery of gold in 1828 (which sparked America’s first major gold rush), Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega GA is held every year on the third full weekend in October.

Thousands of visitors visit the charming mountain town to get a glimpse of Georgia fall colors and visit the wineries in Dahlonega GA.

You can also enjoy a variety of festivities, including family-friendly games, face painting, wheelbarrow racing, live music, and a gold panning contest.

The festival features a parade with jubilant music, which ends with the coronation of the Gold Rush Days King and Queen.

You’ll also find over 200 art & crafts, food vendors and restaurants gathered around the town’s public square and Historic District.

Plan on coming back to visit the area around Christmastime, because Dahlonega GA has some great Christmas Tree Farms where you can cut your own tree!

READ MORE: The 15 Best Cabin Rentals in Dahlonega GA

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival
Photo courtesy of Stone Mountain Park

10. Family-Friendly Fun at the Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival

Sept 16-Oct 29 • 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain • 800-401-2407

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One of the most popular and beloved Georgia fall festivals, the Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival offers family-friendly fun for all ages.

You can enjoy a journey around the mountain aboard a locomotive, enter a pie-eating contest, or watch an exciting show featuring the Emerald City Jugglers. 

Once the sun goes down, the festivities continue as Stone Mountain Park lights up with the new “Glow By Night” event.

This outdoor adventure takes guests through classic storybook tales that come to life through thousands of dazzling lights in 10 different themed areas. Overall, there are more than 40 illuminated scenes to see.

There will also be a new pumpkin-themed laser show set to the music of all your favorite Halloween songs, along with a nighttime parade!

READ MORE: The Best North Georgia Christmas Events

Sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains in Black Rock Mountain State Park
Sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains

11. Watch the Sunrise (or Sunset) at Black Rock Mountain State Park

3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway, Mountain City • 706-746-2141

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Located on the Eastern Continental Divide at an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain State Park is Georgia’s highest state park and encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery in Georgia.

With the elevation comes some truly breathtaking views, and one of the best ways to experience them is by checking out the park’s 5 scenic overlooks. 

The Black Rock Overlook provides a bird’s eye view of the nearby town of Clayton, while the Cowee Overlook and Nantahala overlook offer views of the park’s northern wilderness. 

But the best place to catch a spectacular sunrise is at the Blue Ridge Overlook. There you can watch the sun as it lights up the morning sky, spotlighting the vibrant red, orange, and yellow hues of the changing foliage.

To watch the sunset after a full day of exploring, make your way to the Tennessee Rock Overlook (accessible via the 2.2-mile Tennessee Rock Trail), which provides outstanding views of the Blue Ridge Mountains‘ fall colors.

READ MORE: The 20 Best Things to Do in Clayton GA

Crane Creek Vineyards
Photo courtesy of Crane Creek Vineyards

12. Wine Tastings in North Georgia

It may surprise some people to learn that the unique climate and geography of the Blue Ridge Mountains provide the perfect conditions for growing grapes and producing wine.

But the best wineries in the North Georgia mountains provide an exquisite combination of delicious drinks and striking views for guests ranging from novices to serious wine connoisseurs. 

Some of our favorites include the beautiful Crane Creek Vineyards, Bear Claw Vineyards (home to the Blue Ridge Treehouse), and Habersham Vineyards & Winery, one of Georgia’s oldest and largest wineries.

Each one offers a variety of delicious (and, in many cases, award-winning) wines as well as acres of beautiful grapevines.

You can explore them on guided tours that allow you to take in the spectacular scenery and enjoy the crisp autumn air. 

READ MORE: 15 Award-Winning North Georgia Wines Worth Tasting

North Georgia State Fair
North Georgia State Fair, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

13. Carnival Rides at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta

Sep 21-Oct 1 • 2245 Callaway Rd, Marietta • 770-423-1330

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Attracting around 300,000 people each year, the North Georgia State Fair is a huge fall event in Georgia that has been entertaining visitors for generations.

Every year they offer an exciting new lineup of classic carnival rides, games, and live performances to keep you entertained, along with a ton of yummy food vendors.

New for 2023 are Free Carriage Kia Grandstand Events (with admission) including e Piccolo Zoppe Boutique Circus September 21-24, Demolition Derby September 25 & 28, Full Throttle Monster Trucks September 26-27, and The American Bull Riders Tour September 29-October 1.

Also new this year is Sea Lion Splash, Jurassic Kingdom, Max Power, Ready Go Dog Show and the new extreme thrill ride, Sub-Zero.

Whether you’re visiting with the exotic animals at the Eudora Farms Petting Zoo or cheering on your favorite pig from Rosaire’s Royal Racers, there’s fun to be had for all ages. 

READ MORE: The 15 Best Fall Fairs in Georgia to Visit

Canopy Blue Luxury Treehouse Blue Ridge GA

14. Rent a Cozy Treehouse in the North GA Mountains 

If you’re an avid nature lover (as we are), chances are you probably climbed a few trees during your childhood, or maybe even had a treehouse of your own.

And while those small, rickety treehouses of our youth might not seem quite as appealing in adulthood, there are several treehouse rentals in the mountains that are far more luxurious!

Fully equipped with all the modern amenities you could need (along with added bonuses like spacious decks, hot tubs, and fire pits), these North Georgia mountain treehouse rentals offer a serene nature escape where you can enjoy the cool mountain air and striking fall foliage. 

With options ranging from more quaint treehouses tucked away in the woods to more upscale ones with breathtaking mountain views, a stay in a cozy treehouse is a great way to immerse yourself in the autumn colors of Georgia!

READ MORE: The Top 10 Treehouse Rentals in the Georgia Mountains

Netherworld Haunted House
Photo courtesy of NETHERWORLD Haunted House

15. Frightful Fun at Netherworld Haunted House

Sept 22-23, 29-30, Oct 1, 5-8, 10-15, 17-31, Nov 3-5, 10-11

Stone Mountain Park, 1313 Netherworld Way, Stone Mountain • 404-999-3327

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If you’re looking for fun things to do in Atlanta for fall, the Halloween haven of Netherworld Haunted House has returned for its 27th year and is filled with all sorts of spooks and scares.

Named the “scariest haunted house” by O Magazine for several years in a row, Netherworld features Hollywood-style special effects, elaborate sets, and monsters of nightmarish quality. 

The walk-through attraction will be featuring two brand-new haunts this year, “Primordial” and “Cryptid Chaos,” along with some classic characters from years past.

Note that this heart-pounding haunted house is NOT for the faint of heart, so only enter if you’re really ready for a good scare!  

READ MORE: The 10 Best Apple Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Fall Festival
Photo via Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ

16. Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Sept 14-16 • Downtown Blue Ridge • 770-546-9614

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If you’re eager to experience Autumn in Georgia, the 12th annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival will kick off your season with live music, good food, and cold drinks this September.

They have several food trucks and vendors selling cold beers and wines, while also providing some of the best barbecue Georgia has to offer. 

Something new they have for 2023 is an hour-long train ride through the North Georgia countryside on the Kiwanis Blues Train.

You’ll get to see the North Georgia fall colors while enjoying live music, appetizers, and drinks.

There are also several great bands performing this year, including Men in Blues, The Crossroads Band, and Packrat’s Smokehouse.

READ MORE: The 13 Best Restaurants in Blue Ridge GA

Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Georgia
Photo via atlantabg.org

17. Scarecrows in the Garden

Oct 1-30 • Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta • 404-876-5859

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Starting October 1, the Scarecrows In the Garden exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden could be a great addition to your fun things to do in Atlanta Georgia Fall Bucket List.

Amateur and pro decorators are welcome to enter their handmade scarecrows to the exhibit, with the colorful Fall foliage in Georgia providing a seasonally festive backdrop. 

The scarecrow exhibit is open alongside the botanical garden’s Fest-of-Ale (evenings from 5 to 8PM), so you can enjoy live music and craft beers while admiring the artful scarecrows.

The garden is also home to numerous plant varieties like maples, roses, and conifers that are sure to impress with those fall colors in Atlanta. 

The garden is also home to an impressive five Nationally Accredited Plant Collections, include their gorgeous orchids, maples, carnivorous plants, and magnolias.

READ MORE: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights: Atlanta Botanical Garden Christmas Lights

fun things to do in atlanta - atlanta chili cook off
Photo via @AtlantaChiliCookOff

18. Atlanta Chili Cookoff

Oct 4 • Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody • 404-456-4655

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If you want to admire the fabulous fall colors near Atlanta while also enjoying some great food, the Atlanta Chili Cook Off is the place for you!

This annual Georgia event consists of over 75 amateurs, restaurants, and Jr. Competition teams competing for awards and prizes for having the best chili.

One of the fun activities in Atlanta for adults besides tasting chili is enjoying local music, the various vendor booths and numerous food trucks. For the kids there are arts and crafts.

If you’d like to support your favorite local business, the list of competitors has already been posted online.

The October 1st event is a great way to get in the spirit of autumn, see the early fall colors in Georgia, and have fun with the whole family. 

READ MORE: The 25 Best Day Trips From Atlanta GA

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival in Clayton GA
Photo via @TheFoxfireMuseum

19. Foxfire Mountaineer Festival

Oct 7 • Rabun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah Street, Clayton • 706-746-5828

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The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is the perfect opportunity to experience fall in North Georgia and celebrate the culture of the Appalachian Mountains.

This annual fall festival offers a variety of activities for people of all ages to take part in.

There are several field events for children, like horseshoes, cornhole, a 3-legged race, and a greased pig chase!

You can listen to live music and check out the animals at the petting zoo, all while enjoying the colors of fall in the North Georgia mountains.

There are also different vendors where you can shop for handmade jewelry, artwork, and knick-knacks, making this a great place for some early Christmas shopping.

Local restaurants will be there as well, giving you a little taste of North Georgia’s culinary craftsmanship.

READ MORE: What is Bluegrass? The History & Evolution of Appalachian Music

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Photo via @georgiamountainfairgrounds

20. Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

Oct 6-14 • Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee • 706-896-4191

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The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is a 9-day event that is sure to keep you entertained. In fact, there’s so much to do there, you might need the whole week just to get to everything!

In 2023 they’ll have a series of live musical performances, educational demonstrations, a Cowboy Circus, and even a Bengal tiger show.

They have carnival rides, courtesy of the largest traveling amusement park in the world. There will be over a dozen different rides, include bumper cars, a carousel, and a ferris wheel.

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds also offers camping and RV sites by Lake Chatuge, where you can get the perfect view of the Georgia fall foliage and enjoy the cooler temperatures that come with the changing seasons. 

These campgrounds in North Georgia also have a playground, a full-time security guard, and Wifi access.

READ MORE: The 15 Best Things to Do in Hiawassee GA & Young Harris GA

Stone Mountain Games and Highland Festival in Georgia
Photo via @StoneMountainHighlandGames

21. Stone Mountain Highland Games & Scottish Festival

Oct 20-23 • Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain • 770-521-0228

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The Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival is a weekend-long event in October that features pipe bands, Scottish athletes, Highland dancers, and Scottish weaving. 

2023 marks the 51st anniversary of one of the premier Scottish festivals in the country, with people come from all over the country to attend.

The Scottish Tartans Museum (in Franklin NC) will have an exhibit at the festival about the history of Scottish clothing, focusing on the development of the kilt and tartan. 

You won’t need to find a babysitter for this festival because there are loads of activities for the kids as well, including an archery range, arts and crafts, and a haggis hurl.

There are also Scottish athletic events for the wee ones to participate in, such as the hammer throw, caber toss, and the sheaf toss.

READ MORE: The 15 Coolest Covered Bridges in Georgia

Mountain Moonshine Festival and Car Show in Georgia
Photo via @MountainMoonshineFestivalDawsonville

22. Mountain Moonshine Festival & Car Show

Oct 27-29 • GA Racing Hall of Fame, 415 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville • 706-216-5273

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The Mountain Moonshine Festival & Car Show has been an annual event for over 50 years now, and it’s a great way to enjoy the colors of fall in North Georgia.

The festival features a 3-day car show, along with vintage car races. You’ll have the opportunity to meet legendary race car drivers and see some authentic moonshine-hauling cars. 

With over 250 different arts and crafts vendors, there’s bound to be something here for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. 

The funds generated from this festival also go towards a good cause, as it provides support for the children in the community.

The location also offers RV parking for those who want to stay and enjoy the festivities for the whole weekend

READ MORE: The 20 Best Hiking Trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest

Dancing Goats Folk Festival in Ellijay GA
Photo via dancinggoatsfolkfest.com

23. Dancing Goats Folk Fest

Oct 28-29 • Hefner River Park, 1557 S. Main Street, Ellijay • 478-718-6596

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The Dancing Goats Folk Fest offers an utterly unique experience. Where else can you learn about southern Appalachian culture and see goats compete in Georgia’s only goat beauty pageant? 

The live performances range from bluegrass music to down-home mountain ballads that may just get those goats to start dancing.

They also have storytelling, also known as “Mountain Internet” because it gives them a chance to pass down the history of the Appalachian mountain region.

There will be vendors selling traditional Southern foods, a folk art show and sale, and activities that will keep the children entertained.

You’ll also have the opportunity to watch the goats compete for the crown in all kinds of wigs, tutus, and hats. May the best goat win!

READ MORE: 40 Facts About the History of the Banjo (From Africa to Appalachia)

Zombie Farms Haunted House in Georgia
Photo via @ZombieFarmsOfAthens

24. Zombie Farms Haunted House

Sept 30 – Oct 28 (Weekends only) • 568 Smithonia Road, Winterville • No Phone

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Open Friday and Saturday nights in October (except Friday, Oct 6), this is not your typical haunted house in Georgia.

Zombie Farms Haunted House has been open for 11 years now, and they’re doing something big to celebrate in 2023.

They offer a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring a ¾-mile walk through a spooky forest filled with monsters and ghouls that are sure to scare and entertain.

With dozens of trained actors in frightening costumes and scary stories told by a professional storyteller, it’s no wonder Zombie Farms has become the #1 haunted trail in Georgia.

Their 2023 theme will be announced soon. So if you’re seeking a unique way to experience Georgia’s fall foliage, chainsaw-wielding clowns and zombies scattered through the woods should certainly fit the bill!

READ MORE: The 10 Most Haunted Places in Georgia to Visit

Gibbs Gardens - Fall in Georgia
Photo via Gibbs Gardens

25. Gibbs Gardens

Open Wed-Sun, Closed Mon & Tue, Oct 3- Nov 14 open on Tue • 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground • 770-893-1880

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Gibbs Gardens was founded by Jim Gibbs, who comes from generations of gardeners and plant lovers.

This is one of the largest residential estate gardens in the country (over 300 acres), containing 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, and 19 Georgia waterfalls.

If you’re looking to admire the stunning fall colors near Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens offers an array of encore azaleas, a fall Georgia wildflower meadow, and Japanese maples that are especially beautiful in autumn.

The attraction’s other features include rose gardens, daffodil gardens, hydrangea gardens, and a sculpture garden where each statue represents one of Gibbs’ grandchildren.  

The property also has a cafe that sits beside five ponds of water lilies. So you can enjoy your meal with a view and browse a gift shop where you can buy yard art and work by local artisans.  

READ MORE: Christmas Fun at Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights


Fall in Georgia FAQ

Lake at Fort Mountain State Park
Fall Colors at Fort Mountain State Park Lake by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

1. What is the best time of year to see Fall colors in Georgia?

The best time to see Fall colors in Georgia is typically from late October to early November. But the change in season could come sooner or later, depending on Mother Nature (a.k.a. weather). Once summer ends, there are shorter days and less sunlight, so trees begin shutting down the chlorophyll production that makes leaves green. Cooler temperatures and increased rainfall can help make fall colors brighter, and last longer.

2. Where is the best place to see Fall foliage in Georgia?

There are so many great places to see Fall foliage in Georgia, the toughest part is choosing where to start. We love Brasstown Bald, which offers 360º views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can hop on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which offers leaf-peeping en route to the twin towns of McCaysville GA and Copperhill TN  There’s also the Richard B Russell Scenic Highway, which offers twists, turns, and stunning scenery!

3. What are the best Fall activities in Georgia?

Our favorite Fall activities in Georgia include going to local apple orchards for U-Pick days. We also love visiting some of the many Fall Festivals in Georgia, including the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee, and Oktoberfest in Helen. And there are always fun adventures to be had at the myriad pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted houses the state has to offer. by Christina Maggitas, with additional reporting by Samantha Dickens & Chloe Burgette


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Stay on marked trails, take only pictures, pack out your trash, and be considerate of others who share the trails and parks you explore. 

Remember that waterfalls and rocky summits can be dangerous. Never try to climb waterfalls or get close to a ledge to get a selfie.

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Growing up in rural south Georgia, Christina Maggitas developed a love for nature at a young age and spent the majority of her formative years outdoors. Since visiting the Great Smoky Mountains with her family as a child, she has always admired the beauty of the Blue Ridge region and spends as much time as she can hiking in North Georgia. She has a passion for writing and storytelling, with the hopes of inspiring others to enjoy the great outdoors. Christina studied Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, and now works as the Travel Editor for US News & World Report.