Vivid red and gold leaves as well as ruby-red apples draw people to the Georgia mountains this time of year. It’s the season to drive, soak in the color and smell of the woods, pick some apples and come home with a crunchy bounty.
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Georgia Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 12-13 and 19-20. $5 adults, children under 10 free. Parking donation appreciated. No pets allowed. Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay. 706-636-4500. www.georgiaapplefestival.org
Big Red Apple Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12. Cornelia. 706-778-8585 Ext. 280
ELLIJAY APPLE ORCHARDS
Aaron’s Apple House. 8350 Ga. 52 E.
B.J. Reece’s Apple House. 9131 Ga. 52 E.
Hillcrest Orchards. 9696 Ga. 52 E.
Hudson’s Apple House. 8036 Ga. 52 E.
Mack Aaron’s Apple House. 8955 Ga. 52 E.
Panorama Farm Market. Ga. 515 Bypass
Penland’s Apple House, (2 locations: Ga. 515. Also Ga. 282 /7678 Tails Creek Road.
R&A Orchards. 5505 Ga. 52 E.
Red Apple Barn. 3381 Tails Creek Road/Ga. 282.
Seller’s Apple House. 255 Parks Drive/Ga. 52 E.
See Georgia State Parks’ Leaf Watch site: www.gastateparks.org/leafwatch
Top state parks for fall color:
Amicalola Falls State Park – Dawsonville
Black Rock Mountain State Park – Clayton
Cloudland Canyon State Park – Near Chattanooga, Tenn.
Don Carter State Park – Lake Lanier
F. D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain
Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth
Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park – Summerville
Moccasin Creek State Park – Lake Burton
Red Top Mountain State Park – Lake Allatoona
Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Near Clayton
Unicoi State Park – Helen
Vogel State Park – Blairsville