Autumn is still a few months away, but it never hurts to plan your vacay ahead of time – especially if you are visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains in October-November. But what are the best ways to see the fall colors once you arrive?
Aside from the views at your Blue Ridge cabin rental, these unforgettable drives offer some of the prettiest views of the countryside with curvy mountain roads and lots of roadside attractions. When fall rolls around, the mountains come alive with brilliant autumn colors around every turn. One of the best ways to explore Blue Ridge and take in the beauty of fall foliage is with a memorable scenic drive – and we’ve got 5 of our favorites listed below for you to check out.
Pack a lunch and bring a camera, because there is plenty to see this fall in Fannin County and beyond!
1. Toccoa Ranger District Driving Tour
Blue Ridge to Dahlonega & Apple Alley
This day trip, originally produced by the U.S. Forest Service, is beautiful any time of the year, but is especially beautiful in the fall. The drive begins and ends at the intersection of Georgia Highway 5 and 515 in Blue Ridge. Round trip mileage is 102.4 miles and approximate driving time without stops is three to four hours. Download this map to guide you along the way.
2. Cohutta Wilderness
Get back to nature with this rustic country drive
With more than 40,000 acres in Georgia and Tennessee (where its known as Big Frog Wilderness Area), the Cohuttas comprise the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi. This drive can be a little rough, so make sure to take it easy. If you’ve got 4-wheel drive, you might want to consider using it during parts of this tour. Download this map to guide you along the way.
3. Georgia Mountain Parkway
Highway 515 Jasper to Blue Ridge
Georgia’s favorite scenic drive follows Interstate 575 from Atlanta northward on the Georgia Mountain Parkway. Along the way the route offers beautiful mountain views, wildflowers, apple orchards, festivals, antiques and galleries – and a wealth of opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure. Download this map to guide you along the way.
4. “Suches It Is” Loop from Morganton to Suches
Blue Ridge, Suches & Blairsville
This drive combines some of the prettiest views of the countryside with curvy mountain roads incredible fall views. Included in this driving tour is the historic Skeenah Mill, Swinging Bridge on the Toccoa River, Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery, Lake Winfield Scott, Vogel State Park and more opportunities for side trips. It can easily turn into a full day trip! Round trip mileage is 76 miles and approximate driving time without stops is two hours, so be sure to bring plenty of water and food to snack on. Download this map to guide you along the way.
5. Mountains & Countryside
Blue Ridge to the Dial Community and Morganton Area
This beautiful drive through the mountains and countryside surrounding Blue Ridge, Dial and Morganton is a great introduction to the area. Be sure to snap some pictures of the fall views in the Dial Road area – it’s one of the most popular spots in Fannin County! This drive also includes visits to Lake Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River. Download this map to guide you along the way.
GMCR PRO TIP: If you plan on booking a cabin rental for your autumn vacation, remember to reserve early! Fall dates fill up quickly, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on the fall fun by waiting too long. Click here to find the cabin rental of your dreams!