It doesn’t take much to become an Instagram fall sensation when snapping pics in Georgia—trees are golden, orange and red, pumpkin patches are booming, and the festivities are rolling. Of course, the mountains prove to be the most alluring, with their hills of scenery and foliage, but Georgia’s general southern charm and landscape diversity make it an absolute gold mine for breathtaking autumn photos.
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Burt's Pumpkin Farm (Nearby Hotels)
Sunflowers, mountains, and pumpkins of all sizes and colors carpeting the farm hills, could it get more perfect? Kicking this list off right, we’ve started with the king of all Georgia pumpkin farms, complete with an amazing Halloween shop. Possibly one of the best fall stops in the state, there’s a great view at Burt’s around every corner.
Pine Mountain (Nearby Hotels)
Pine Mountain erects out of nowhere in southwest Georgia, slightly above Columbus. The town is quaint with a countryside vibe, and the mountain itself provides plenty of leaf gazing opportunities. Callaway Gardens heavily defines the area—a lake, many trails, lavish lodging and outdoor-oriented activities are complemented by the fantastic weather and scenery fall brings. But perhaps the most jaw-dropping place to sneak a peak is the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, nestled in the woods, backing right up to the water. A towering stained glass window, traditional wooden interior accents and intricate stonework combined with crimson and fiery orange hued foliage create quite the site to behold.
Fausett Farms Sunflowers (Nearby Hotels)
Operating since the 1800s, this poultry farm turned sunflower paradise also resides in Dawsonville. Starting in September, photography enthusiasts, and just those wanting soak in something a little more than just changing tree colors, flock to Fausett for their acres of flowers, which number into the thousands. Take a carriage ride, which creates the perfect scenario for a killer snapshot, enjoy one of the delicious barbecue sandwiches or just escape into loads of bright yellow bursts of happiness.
Mercier Orchards (Nearby Hotels)
Mercier Orchards further depicts why the North Georgia Mountains are so spectacular come autumn. Orchards open for Apple picking, and come on, how perfect of a background is that? Lines of apple and peach trees circle the stunning farm, and a cute store with some mouthwatering desserts are a huge part of the well-rounded experience.
Amicalola Falls (Nearby Hotels)
Georgia’s tallest waterfall, Amicalola’s challenging hike with a lot of stairs but it is totally worth it. Not only are the up-close views of the cascades and surrounding foliage striking, but the outward scenery means double the prize for making the journey. Significant for many reasons, the south endpoint for the Appalachian Trail, which runs all the way to Maine, is right here. So get your fitness on and make the trek; even if you don’t follow the trend with a seriously painful-looking yoga pose pic, a photo of the falls during autumn will undoubtedly garner some attention.
Arabia Mountain (Nearby Hotels)
Arabia Mountain pops unexpectedly as well, in Lithonia, Georgia. Setting away from the north cluster of mountains, this area has quite unusual characteristics. The heritage area protects the unique culture and history, and different initiatives keep making this place better and better. An extensive bike trail weaves through the land where old homesteads and significant pieces of the past have been preserved. When August turns to September, visible changes take place, more colors integrated into the scene, and it’s a beautiful place to be.
Murphey Candler Park (Nearby Hotels)
Started as an initiative to preserve this portion of Georgia, Murphey Candler Park is actually in Atlanta. Piedmont Park is typically the highest praised city spot to view foliage, but this Brookhaven escape deserves some glory. First and foremost, it’s waterside, and a bounty of trees surround the lake. Paved trails and playgrounds offer a more groomed experience than a trek in the forest, which is significant when bringing along little ones. The location is often chosen for fall family photos, so that says something.
Stone Mountain Park (Nearby Hotels)
On any ole fall day, Stone Mountain Park is bursting at the seams will changing leaves. Countless places are perfect for snapping pics whether its waterside, on the trails or atop the large slab of granite itself. Of course, attending a pumpkin laden festival or the Yellow Daisy craft fair presents a completely new level of photo potential.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (Nearby Hotels)
Not really nailed down to one spot, the railway departs from Blue Ridge to head to MCcaysville. Crossing over the river and forging through some of the prettiest wooded areas in the mountains, hopping on the railway is an excellent way to see a lot fast, but in a very fun way. Open carts are superb on a crisp, not too chilly day in October, and both towns are simply precious. In past years, passengers have stepped off the train to pick out a pumpkin and to meet festively dressed lamas.
Red Apple Barn (Nearby Hotels)
An adorable red barn in mountainous Ellijay with Apple picking and pumpkin patches, this place screams autumn in the country. However, you may find the best Instagram photos are those taken of delicious, famous fried apple pies or buckets of freshly picked apples!