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All across America, one of the best places to be in fall is Georgia. The heat and humidity has subsided, fall-themed festivities are abundant, and it’s a beautiful time to be outdoors. The state is filled with lots of outside recreation opportunities, charming mountain towns and fun landscapes to explore at this time of the year. Here are our favorite things to do outdoors in Georgia in the fall.
What Is It? Something else that you can do at a state park in Georgia is archery. Made popular by the Hunger Games series, archery is a fun sport that you can do outdoors and really challenge yourself.
Why Do It? Panola Mountain State Park, for example, is in Stockbridge and has outdoor archery classes for kids and adults. These classes last about an hour and come with all the equipment you need.
What Is It? Georgia has plenty of waterways to keep you busy in the fall, including Betty’s Branch in the Augusta area.
Why Do It? This is a lovely place to take out a kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP). You can begin your fall water adventure at Riverside Park at the boat ramp or on the beach. If you veer to the left, you’ll have a more difficult route that takes about three hours. But if you go right, the trip is a little easier and only takes about an hour to paddle.
Good to Know: There are local guide companies in the area that can help you with rental gear to go out on your own or to join a guided tour.
What Is It? If you’re looking for a more extreme outdoor adventure, it doesn’t get much more intense than skydiving!
Why Do It? Skydive Georgia is a company located an hour west of Atlanta and the largest training drop zone in the state. You can reach 120 mph speeds from 14,500 feet in the air with a skydiving experience here! Skydive Monroe is at the Monroe-Walton County Airport in Monroe, Georgia, and is just a short drive from the university in Athens.
Good to Know: With great instructors and scenic views, definitely consider crossing skydiving off your bucket list in Georgia.
What Is It? The most famous driftwood beach in Georgia is on Jekyll Island. It’s on the north end of the island and so stunningly beautiful that you will feel like you’re in entirely another world.
Why Do It? Here you’ll find weathered and gnarled trees that have been left behind after many years of erosion. It’s a favorite place among outdoor photographers and even for weddings.
Good to Know: You can walk here from the Jekyll Island Campground, and there are designated parking areas along the road next to the beach access point. Plan to have a picnic here this fall for a unique outing.
Why Do It? This fall, consider trying your hand at fishing at one of the beautiful lakes here. Some of the top fishing spots are Lake Seminole along the Georgia-Florida border, the Golden Isles, Lake Hartwell, and Lake Oconee.
Good to Know: The Chattahoochee River and Flint River offer river fishing opportunities as well.
What Is It? If you’re in the Columbus area of Georgia, it’s fun to spend a day ziplining over the Chattahoochee River in the fall.
Why Do It? This is a unique experience because you can zipline across the state line between Georgia and Alabama. Blue Heron Zipline Adventure offers a 1,200-foot zipline that starts on the Columbus Riverwalk.
Good to Know: On this ride, you’ll traverse oak trees and enjoy amazing views of the fall colors in this part of Georgia.
What Is It? Best known for hosting the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, this state is also a top spot for golfing in the fall.
Why Do It? Golf courses allow you to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and foliage while playing your favorite game.
Good to Know: Top golf courses in the state include the Seaside Golf Course in St. Simons, Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course in Elberton, and Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain. Atlanta is also home to the top golf courses of the Peachtree Golf Course and East Lake Golf Course.
Good to Know: These destinations are even more beautiful in the fall, with colorful leaves in the background, especially if you are doing a photoshoot for engagements, family photos, or other special events.
Why Do It? People in Georgia love to eat and drink outside in the fall, which is why it’s so common for restaurants and breweries to have outside seating. Some examples of nice outdoor patios for dining include the Bluetop Restaurant in Chamblee, the Mill Kitchen and Bar in Roswell, and the Black Sheep Restaurant in Blue Ridge.
Good to Know: The Atlanta Brewing Co., New Realm Brewing Company, and Sweetwater Brewery are just a few of the many local breweries that have outdoor seating.