Just as the leaves began turning in the North Georgia mountains, all federally owned recreation sites began closing due to the government shutdown.
They include some of the most scenic and heavily used sites, from the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center on the top of Georgia’s highest peak, to the Lake Chatuge and Anna Ruby Falls recreation areas.
For a full list of places you can’t go to see fall leaves, or if you get there nothing will be officially open (though that has not much slowed the walkers and runners on the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area) please see http://www.fs.usda.gov/conf.
But here’s a list of some of Georgian’s favorite fall leaf-watching places that are closed:
- Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center
- Cooper Creek Recreation Area
- DeSoto Falls Recreation Area
- Lake Chatuge Recreation Area
- Lake Winfield Scott Campground, Lakewood Landing Boat Launch
- Toccoa River Sandy Bottoms Recreation Area
- Andrews Cove Campground
- Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area
- Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area
- Frady Branch Equestrian and Bike Trail System
- Lake Russell Recreation Area
- Mount Yonah Trail Head
- Panther Creek Recreation Area
- Raven Cliffs Trailhead
- Tallulah River Campground
- Upper Chattahoochee River Campground
- Warwoman Dell Recreation Area