Autumn Brings Colorful Drives In Northeast Georgia Mountains

Every season is spectacular in the mountains where we’re
located. But perhaps no time of year is it more so than in autumn, when leaves
turn brilliant shades, from soft gold to rich claret. The following drives are
guaranteed to wow you with stunning displays of color—and photo-worthy vistas too. Be
sure to call soon to make reservations—autumn is a busy time here at Lucille’s.


Not only do we think we live in God’s country, but National
Geographic does too! They’ve named the drive through the Northeast Georgia
Chattahoochee National Forest one of their “Drives of a Lifetime.” The RussellBrasstown Scenic Byway is a 41-mile loop that takes just over an hour without
stops. But, trust us, you’ll definitely want to stop and soak in the beauty
along the way, which includes the headwaters of the rolling Chattahoochee
River, a section of the Appalachian Trail and several observation areas with superb
mountain vistas. You can also hike up to waterfalls, and check out the State’s
tallest peak, 4,784-foot Brasstown Bald where the views are an expansive 360
Another great drive is along Highway 197 from Clarksville to
US Highway 76, a lovely pastoral and scenic stretch of road.
What’s the best time to hit peak color? Mother Nature is
often hard to pin down, but a general rule of thumb is that some color begins
in mid-September in the highest elevations. But generally mid-October is a good
time to enjoy the best breadth of color. Give us a call as the season
progresses, and if we’ve got any first-hand information, we’ll pass it on.
Head out for your drive after a hearty breakfast with us, and
stop by Betty’s Country Grocery Store in Helen to pick up sandwiches for a
picnic lunch. Head back to the Inn after your day touring, where you can get a bottle of wine and settle on the deck to enjoy a colorful sunset. Here’s a toast to a great trip!