We scheduled a vacation in Blue Ridge, Georgia for the last of the fall season. The leaves were almost done changing but still had enough color left for a beautiful scene. Florida doesn’t really have a fall season so this was my first time seeing the autumn colors. The beauty and the splashes of color on the trees made a breathtaking site.
The cabin we called home for five days was situated on the side of a mountain with a stunning view of the countryside. Unfortunately, cloudless mornings and wildfires never allowed a colorful sunrise during our stay but it was beautiful just the same. During our Blue Ridge stay we visited a few places of note that presented some wonderful photo opportunities.
Amicalola Falls State Park
Although we had visited the falls before, we decided to check them out again during the autumn season. Unfortunately, the drought caused the falls to be more of a trickle but the real beauty was in the forest leaves. They were shades of gold, burgundy, and red while mixing with the evergreens. Finally, we finished up our visit with a tasty brunch from the mountain top lodge before heading back to our cabin.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad – Bryson City
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad boards in Bryson City, NC and runs through some beautiful country to Dillsboro, NC. While on board, we enjoyed lunch and drinks in the passenger car as the trained lumbered down the track to our destination. The small town of Dillsboro was full of quaint shops, allowing visitors to take a small piece of North Carolina home with them.
Parksville Overlook – Tennessee
We happened across the Parksville Overlook in Tennessee by accident, which is how many good adventures come about. While driving along Parksville Lake, we saw a brown sign pointing in the direction of an overlook. Because there was virtually no traffic on this back road, we questioned if we REALLY wanted to drive up this mountain but we did it anyway.
We followed the road about 5 miles up into the mountain and overlooks are peppered along the route. The higher we got, the more spectacular the views. Even on the road itself, the gold and auburn leaves created splashes of gorgeous color. During the time of our visit, there were wildfires burning in Tennessee and we were able to see them from the views.
Ocoee Whitewater Center – Tennessee
The Ocoee Whitewater Center is located on the Ocoee Scenic Byway on Highway 64 between Ducktown and Cleveland, Tennessee. Normally, this is a prime venue for whitewater rafting and kayaking. During our visit, the aforementioned drought caused the normally rushing waters to be almost empty. The rock formations that make up the riverbed were completely visible and made exploring possible.