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Georgia State Parks provides fall travel advice with ‘Leaf Watch’

Sweetwater Creek State Park. (Courtesy of Georgia State Parks)

Fall is in the air and to help visitors plan their trips, Georgia State Parks has launched Leaf Watch 2022. Leaf Watch helps visitors research fall trails and events, book cabins, and read tips safe hiking. It will also track fall color as it moves across the state. Travel tips and seasonal information are available at GaStateParks.org/LeafWatch.

Park rangers are often asked when the colors of the leaves will change. Although only Mother Nature knows for sure, the vibrant hues usually arrive around late October and early November. Some places like George L. Smith and Providence Canyon State Parks in southern Georgia have beautiful colors until late November.

Georgia State Parks encourages photographers to share their favorite photos on Instagram. Tag #GaLeafWatch and @GaStateParks for a chance to have photos featured on Leaf Watch.

State parks can often get especially busy on fall weekends, so rangers encourage guests to try visiting on weekdays or exploring lesser-known destinations like state parks. Victoria Bryant or Don Carter.

Authorities are advising visitors to make reservations for cabins, campsites and yurts as soon as possible. Guests should consider booking for fall 2023, as it’s common for cabins to be booked more than a year in advance. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-864-7275 or at GaStateParks.org.

Collin Kelley has been editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and a freelance journalist and writer for 35 years. He is also an award-winning poet and novelist. More Collin Kelley