If you haven't been able to make a trip to the north Georgia Mountains to check out the fall foliage this year, you're running out of time.

In the last leaf report by the Georgia Forestry Commission, northeast Georgia and the higher elevations have peaked. The leaves in those areas are turning brown and falling off.

There are still scenic views available in this corner of the state. Try this route:

  1. Take I-75 to HWY 136
  2. Left on HWY 157 to Lookout Mountain
  3. Right on Daughtery Gap Road to Mountain Cove Farms
  4. Right on Hog Jawl Road
  5. Right on HWY 193 back to Lafayette
  6. Right on South Main Street
  7. Left on HWY 27 Bypass, follow to next intersection to HWY 136

Northwest and central Georgia, however, still have a colorful show ongoing.

Last week was the arrival of the peak in these areas, but the colors continue to evolve with 40-80% or greater change.

GFC notes that this year the colors are a little 'muted' but neon reds and fluorescent yellows are shinning.

Even more good news, there are still trees that haven't turned from green yet, so further development is possible for the next few weeks.

Here are a few places to try in northwest Georgia

  1. Take U.S. 441 through Habersham County to Rabun County to Tallulah Gorge
  2. Continue north into Rabun County, go west of U.S. 76 or go to Black Rock Mountain

Lesser traveled: 

  • Take Persimmon Road/Germany Road or Tallulah River Road off Persimmon Road
  • GA 52 west from Ellijay to Fort Mountain take Cohutta Overlook

Information from the Georgia Forestry Commission