It’s fall, y’all! Autumn is definitely my favorite season in Georgia. I love the crackle of campfires, crispy homegrown apples, and of course, the bright and beautiful foliage. It’s a season that reminds me to take things slow and enjoy the moment, especially since autumn doesn’t last long. It pretty much feels like fall for about a month before we say hello to winter temps. However, this also means that I can bust out my cozy oversized sweaters and arm myself with a PSL without being judged.
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Last Updated: Oct 4, 2018
13 Fall Activities and Pumpkin Patches in Georgia
Apple Farms in Georgia
1. B.J. Reece Apple House
9131 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536, map
There are some incredible apple orchards in North Georgia. Most of them are around an hour and a half away from the city in Ellijay, GA. Besides apple picking, Reece Apple House offers a petting farm, pony rides, and even zipline rides. You can easily spend an entire day here. Be sure to check out their pricing here.
2. Hillcrest Orchards
9696 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536, map
This family owned and operated apple farm is a local favorite. We can’t get enough of their baked goodies. The sweet smells from the bakery entices you to stuff your face with apple cider doughnuts, apple pies, and their famous apple fritters. Enjoy the live music, the swimming pig races, and the apple tree maze on the weekends. More info on their schedules and pricing here.
3. Red Apple Barn
3379 Tails Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540, map
The Red Apple Barn offers U-Pick apple picking as well as U-Pick flower picking. You’ll also receive a free doughnut and apple cider included with your U-Pick admission. In addition, there’s a delightful farmer’s market that sells fall pantry staples from beef jerky to jams. Kids will enjoy the tractor ride around the orchard as well.
Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches in Georgia
4. Buford Corn Maze
4470 Bennett Rd, Buford, GA 30519, map
Located less than an hour away from the city, Buford Corn Maze is only a short drive to a ton of family fun activities. Unlimited hayrides, a haunted forest, and even a corn box (aka a sandbox filled with corn kernels) will fill the void in your heart that missed the fall season. We love how they have photo ops like antique tractors, fields of corn, and a well organized pumpkin patch.
5. Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze
4520 Hwy 53, Dawsonville, GA 30534, map
Enjoy running through 12 acres of corn fields with your family and friends. At dusk, teens and adults usually opt for the The Dark Rows, the haunted corn maze. Keep in mind that flashlights are not allowed. If you’re looking for a super spooky corn maze, this is it. There’s also a cozy campfire area where you can roast marshmallows, make s’mores, and sing campfire songs.
6. Yule Pumpkin Patch
3565 GA-155 N, Stockbridge, GA 30281, map
Yule Pumpkin Patch is one of the largest pumpkin patches in Georgia and boasts a unique experience of being able to cut your pumpkin right off the vine. They’ll even provide a cart and stem cutter for you. Unfortunately, they’re only open in of October, so plan accordingly.
Fall Festivals in Georgia
7. Gibbs Gardens Fall Festival
1987 Gibbs Dr, Ball Ground, GA 30107, map
Gibbs Gardens is one of my favorite local escapes, year-round. They’re well known for their Japanese maples, which turn a brilliant shade of red in late autumn. Gibbs Gardens hosts a live band, awesome magicians, a fall market, and lunch offerings as you stroll through 16 world class gardens.
1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545, map
Beers, brats, and German bands fill the small alpine village of Helen, GA. They host an impressive Oktoberfest that takes place daily from October 1 to October 28. It’s great for the entire family, from kids to your dogs. It’s super kitschy, but we love to see the alphorns, experience German culture, and dance to some good ol’ Polka music.
9. Cumming Country Fair
235 Castleberry Rd, Cumming, GA 30040, map
Unleash your inner kid with classic carnival rides, piping hot funnel cakes, and a petting zoo. The fair also exhibits an Indian Village that represents Cherokee heritage in Cumming, GA and the surrounding area. They also have a cool Heritage Village that displays notable farm machinery throughout history such as the cotton gin, corn mill, moonshine still, and more.
10. Owl O Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
3200 George Busbee Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144, map
Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival is Atlanta’s largest hot air balloon festival. There’s a ton of vendors offering great food, gadgets, and other home items. Also, the kids area behind the balloons include free arts and crafts, a bouncy house, and interactive shows. The best activity is definitely the tethered balloon rides, which kids really love. Stick around ‘til nightfall when the balloons glow up the onyx skies and watch extreme performers like fire eaters and aerialists.
Best Fall Foliage in Georgia
11. Tallulah Gorge
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573, map
Tallulah Gorge is one of the most scenic ravines the Southeast. There are numerous trails, so hikers can choose something easy, moderate, or difficult. The trails end up with breathtaking views of fall leaves and waterfalls. This is easily one of my favorite spots in Georgia to see fall leaves.
12. Cloudland Canyon
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738, map
We’ve done this hike several times. The 5-mile loop is moderate to difficult, but the crystal clear pool and waterfall at the bottom of the canyon is totally worth it. Shutterbugs will especially love the changing leaves in the backdrop. Everything looks like an oil painting. But, get ready for a calves workout because you’ll be taking over 600 stairs to get to the bottom. Go ahead and schedule that massage after your hike.
13. Brasstown Bald
2941 Hwy. 180 Spur, Hiawassee, GA, 30546, map
Pack a picnic because you’ll definitely want to spend some extra time at the very top of Brasstown Bald. You’re able to see miles of fall foliage from Georgia’s highest mountain. On a clear day, you’ll get incredible 360 degree view of four states: Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Imagine seeing rolling hills of leaves from four different states!
More Fall Activities in Georgia
- Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, GA. This year, it takes place on the second and third weekend of October.
- Boo at the Zoo – Zoo Atlanta
- Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain park
- Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival
- Little Fives Points Halloween Parade
- Chastain Park Arts Festival
- Georgia A-Scary-Um – Georgia Aquarium
- Decatur Wine Festival
- Dahlonega Hemlock Festival
- Adairsville Pumpkin Patch
- Netherworld Haunted House
What are some fall activities you enjoy? Are there any activities, corn mazes, or pumpkin patches in Georgia we missed?