In northwest Georgia, the peak has passed! Still, Georgia Forestry Commission foresters say this weekend will offer some good viewing. With a 90-percent change from green, there’s still some color to enjoy. Dogwoods vary from red to purple, sweetgums are mostly purple and sourwoods are red. Oaks mainly have an orange tint, and hickories, poplars, birch and sycamore are adding variety with their yellows. This weekend is expected to be the last weekend to catch the leaves before leaf fall.
This week’s major temperature fluctuation and an expected cold front coming for the weekend will likely push trees to drop their leaves soon. Northwest Georgia is expected to receive heavy winds and rain at the beginning of next week, which should also encourage leaf fall.
There are several places to see leaf color right now in northwest Georgia: 1) Highway 52- Fort Mountain overlooking Grassy Mountain; 2) Hwy 136 from Gordon Co., through Murray Co. and into Pickens Co.; 3) Dade County – Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain.
In northeast and north-central Georgia, the fall color show is also winding down. However, there’s still something to see! With the continuing drop of leaves, the true personality of the mountains is revealed in the exposure of the topography, allowing travelers to see the more subtle aspects of the land’s rise and fall. If you’re looking for color this weekend, the lower slopes of the mountains and the upper piedmont are still very pretty. Georgia Forestry Commission foresters report some late- changing maples and hickories that are worthy of “ooohhhs” and “aaahhhs,” and the oaks have jumped into the action in a major way with a variety of burgundies, yellows and bronzes.
There are still some relatively bright earthy colors to be found, but the season is definitely nearing the end. Lower elevations are past peak, but late turners bring change from green to 90%-100%. Elevations above 1500 feet are past peak. Many trees are now bare, but some earth tone colors are still present.
This weekend’s forecast for the north Georgia mountains calls for a brisk sunny day on Saturday with highs in the upper 40’s and low in the 20’s, so bundle up for a day of exploring. Sunday is expected to be slightly warmer with a chance of rain in the afternoon.
To catch the nicer late views in northeast Georgia, travel from Gainesville up to the Cornelia/Clarkesville area. The Chenocetah Mountain and Currahee Mountain areas to the south, and then eastward, provide some options; or follow US 441 up to Hollywood and then Historic 441 north toward Tallulah Falls.
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