When the fall leaves change in the South, the whole nation takes to the region’s roads and trails to enjoy the change of scenery. Winding roads and cool air make for great adventures from September through November.
People typically think of New England and the Mid-Atlantic when it comes to fall foliage, and those regions generate millions of dollars in tourism every fall. However, the South also has its fair share of fall foliage sites worth visiting if you cannot make the journey north.
Whether you visit the Appalachians, Ozarks or Texas Hill Country for your fall foliage fix, there are plenty of places to drive or hike to enjoy nature. This article focuses on places to see leaves: Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri. That’s not to say other Southern states have fall leaves and other fun, autumn activities as well.
As the weather cools down and the leaves start to turn, enjoy these seven sites throughout the South.
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Tail of the Dragon - N.C./Tenn.
White County, Ga.
Table Rock State Park, S.C.
Natchez Trace Parkway (Tenn./Ala./Miss.)
Glade Top Trail Byway, Mo.
Ozark Highlands Trail, Ark.
Other places to see fall foliage in the South:
Here are some other areas worth going to when wanting to see fall leaves that didn’t make the list.
Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina: located between Asheville and Boone, Grandfather Mountain is known for its scenic beauty and unique natural features.
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia: White County does not have a monopoly on fall foliage in Georgia. There is plenty more to see in the North Georgia region.
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia: Home to Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia, Grayson Highlands State Park also provides scenic views and curvy roads perfect for travel during the autumn season.