The beautiful change of seasons is just one of the many things that makes Atlanta a beloved hometown for many area residents. With Fall officially upon us, the coming weeks promise a treasure trove of Fall festivals, plenty of opportunities for pumpkin hunting, a fiery color palette of changing leaves in the trees, and a deliciously slight chill in the air. Everyone has their favorite Fall traditions – from roasting marshmallows over an open fire to taking a flying leap into a pile of freshly raked leaves. For those of you who might need a little inspiration, here’s a list of our top 10 Atlanta autumn activities.
6) Full-on Festival Fun: What would Fall BE without a trip to a local Fall festival or fair? Some noteworthy events are the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee on October 11 thru 19, Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay on October 12-13 & 19-20, Prater’s Mill Country Fair in Dalton on October 12 & 13, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega on October 19-20, and the 43rd Annual Oktoberfest in Helen through October 27.
7) Fall Fashionistas’ Foray: For those among us who love the thrill of the hunt, this season is jam-packed with the latest seasonal fashions – from hats, boots and scarves to sweaters, jackets and skinny jeans. Some of the best places to shop for fall fashions in Atlanta include Lenox Square, The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, multiple locations of The Avenue, Mall of Georgia, Atlantic Station and quaint town squares like Downtown Norcross and Downtown Dahlonega.
8) Saddle Up for Fall Fun: With so many scenic areas from which to choose, the decision as to HOW to view them is a snap. View the world from the back of a horse where the panoramas and the air are just a little clearer. Some great places to go horseback riding around town include The Stables at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Butts Mill Farm in Pine Mountain, and a slew of great independent stables throughout the Metro Atlanta area and beyond.
9) Take a Hike!: On foot is a terrific (and inexpensive) way to witness Georgia’s glorious change of seasons. Feel the slight chill in the air as you listen to the crackle of fallen leaves underfoot. Some of the best places to go hiking in Georgia include Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, the new Atlanta Beltline the encircles parts of Downtown Atlanta, and East Palisades at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Park.
10) Soar Like an Eagle: Another great way to truly EXPERIENCE the change of seasons in Atlanta is to strap on for one of the latest crazes in outdoor adventuring and go zip lining. What better way to see the leaves changing, than from the treetops themselves as you catch a bird’s eye view from one of several great ziplines in the area. Check out Lake Lanier Canopy Tours in Buford, North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula, Blue Ridge Zipline Canopy Tours in Blue Ridge, and Historic Banning Mills in Banning.