This week the color change rate has really picked up! While overall, canopies are still holding a lot of green in many places, roadside color and the understory trees are getting into the season. Peak is still a week to week and a half away, but with a nice weekend forecast, you can’t go wrong heading to north GA.
Color can be found at virtually every elevation this week though you will still see a lot of green in places. The uppermost elevations (3500 feet and above) are at peak or past. The yellows are dominating the canopies right now, but the roadsides provide plenty of the reds and burgundies.
- Species providing the red and burgundy hues this week continue to be the sourwoods, dogwoods, sumac, and black gum.
- Birches, cherries, redbuds some maples and the yellow poplar are showing yellows and golds
- Hickories have now joined the festivities with vibrant golds and yellows
- The black walnut has also jumped in with lemony yellows.
- Sweet gums continue to provide both yellows and purple reds
- and the dependable maples continue to show yellows, reds, and oranges, and with many still in the initial stages of change they should continue to provide color for several weeks.
- The sassafras has also joined in this week with yellows, reds, and orange.
Leaf change continues across northwest GA at most elevations with the upper elevations (2000 feet) showing the most consistent color. As in northeast GA you’ll find roadside color with the sourwoods and dogwoods but the dominant color in the canopies now is shades of yellow.
* The species continuing in the reds are the dogwoods, sourwoods, black gums, and sumacs
* with the yellow poplars, red buds, and black cherries showing yellows
* and the sweet gums providing both yellow and purplish reds.
* The hickories are beginning to display the golden yellows they’re known for.
Overall peak is still on schedule for the last weekend in October to the first week in November.
Elevations above 3500 feet are now at or just-past peak. Lower elevations are at 20-60% canopy change.
The continuing drought will have some impact but you can see excellent roadside color now throughout the region.
Suggested scenic routes this weekend:
Travel GA 197 out of Clarkesville towards Lake Burton. At US 76 go either west over Dicks Creek Gap to Hiawassee, or east to Clayton.
Take GA 52 out of Ellijay to the Fort Mountain State Park area.