Georgia Forestry Commission foresters report leaf color change at 90-to-100 percent. Still, a few changes are in progress and some final fall foliage views are out there.
As of the early part of the week, and at elevations below about 2000 feet, there were still hickories holding onto some pretty golden yellows and even some maples, sassafras and pockets of tulip poplar still showing color. However, it is the oaks, with a range of bronze, copper and gold that are catching the eye this week, especially in the early morning or late afternoon sun. The passage of Wednesday’s cold front brought high winds that created leaf storms across the region, but there will still be some pockets of color to surprise you.
Each passing day over the next week to 10 days will bring us closer to the end of this year’s leaf season. This weekend should provide some opportunities for color, but head out with the intention of capturing a peek of a mountainside creek or waterfall that may have gone unnoticed in denser cover, or to simply appreciate the views becoming more accessible. And then, when you round the curve and a spark of color hits you, it will be a bonus.
Predicting or choosing a specific area for best chances of color is too big a challenge this week. However, to take in the emerging views, pick a drive that will take you through the lower elevations and then climb to higher passes, such as any drive through named gaps. Also, you may try the higher elevations in northwest Georgia, as that area lags behind northeast Georgia each year in the onset of color and should be holding onto a few more species this weekend.