Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall Color in Georgia

The calendar page turned to October this morning. In North Georgia and throughout the Southern Appalachia, that means travelers will be thinking about fall color and when to plan their visits to the mountains. With such considerations in mind, Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites maintains a seasonal webpage that they call Leafwatch, and the site will become active for another season some time today. Leafwatch, as the name suggests, tracks the seasonal changing of the leaves in Georgia, along with containing information about why leaves change colors, a list of top parks for enjoying fall color, a direct link for camping or lodging reservations for Georgia state parks and much more. In the past, the site has even included a webcam view from Black Rock Mountain, which sets the highest of any of Georgia's state park.

For now, the color is barely beginning to creep into the woods around my North Georgia town of Clarkesville. Enough leaves have turned to give mostly green woods a slight autumn cast, but we are still a couple of weeks removed from things really looking "fallish," and I think our prettiest color comes at the very end of October or even into the beginning of November. In November, a lot of leaves have fallen, but everything that remains on the trees is either a bright hue, bronze or brown, creating a very a strong look of autumn as you look across the mountains.

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