In northwest Georgia, things are also picking up speed but at a little slower rate than north central and northeast Georgia. The sourwood, dogwood, and sumacs continue to show reds, with hickories starting to join the fun; their golden yellow peak is still a week or so away. The yellow poplars are still holding some golden leaves, though they were impacted by rains and wind last week.
Georgia Forestry Commission foresters estimate 20-25% color change from green at lower elevations. Higher elevations are between 50-80%, with the highest elevations now just past peak. Expect October 25-31 to be the height of the season in northeast Georgia, with northwest sectors lagging behind by about a week.
For a scenic drive this weekend in the northeast, travel from Dahlonega up GA 60 to Suches, and then either continue on GA 60 to Blue Ridge or turn right onto GA 180 at Suches and travel back down to US 129. From there, head north to Blairsville or back south towards Cleveland over Neels Gap.
In northwest Georgia, from LaFayette travel GA 136 up towards Lookout Mountain and Cloudland Canyon State Park. Or, from Chatsworth, travel GA 52 over to Ellijay past Fort Mountain State Park.