The skies are bright blue. There’s that crisp feel to the air.
Yes, it’s about time to voyage into the mountains for scenic fall color.
Forests at higher elevations are showing yellow colors in mid-October, while forests a bit lower are still predominately green, according to the Georgia State Parks’ Leaf Watch 2015.
Here are 5 places Times photographer Scott Rogers recommends for stunning fall photos.
1. U.S. 129 North through the Chattahoochee National Forest
Looking deep into the gorge at the Tallulah River offers stunning views of fall color less than an hour north of Gainesville.
If it is a clear day, you can see stunning views across the southern Appalachian Mountains and four states:Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Leaves are beginning to change now at this elevation, making the next several weeks perfect for viewing fall color.
4. U.S. Forest Service roads
To see fall color more off the beaten path, check out the many U.S. Forest Service roads that offer lesser known views. Better use your four-wheel-drive on these roads.
Located in Northwest Georgia between Chatsworth and Ellijay, Fort Mountain offers mountain overlooks for fall color viewing as well as a scenic park filled with hardwoods. Ga. 52 over the mountain offers many pull-offs for viewing the surrounding area.