Think of “Leaf Watch 2012” as a secret map that will lead you to bountiful treasures of fall foliage — without having to wear an eye patch, drink too much grog, walk on a wooden leg, get parrot poop all over your clothes or engage in nasty swordfights in scurvy waterfront dives.
OK, I lied. This new website isn’t a secret.
It’s the work of our mateys at Georgia’s State Parks and has the latest information on where the leaves are the prettiest.
This information helps two groups of people:
• Those who want to drive directly to where the leaves are at their peak.
• Those who want to avoid roads clogged by people going to see leaves at their peak.
Leaf Watch lets you know:
- The best state parks for leaf peeping
- Safe hiking tips
- Fall events from Craft Fairs to Snakes Alive presentations
- Why leaves change [Hint: It is not peer pressure.]
- Last-minute availability for cabins, yurts, campsites and lodge rooms in the state parks.
Sorry, the website does not define the word “yurt” but I’m thinking it’s a cross between a yak and a turtle.
Save time and save gas by taking advantage of Leaf Watch 2012 to track changing leaves and plan autumn getaways.
Here are Georgia’s Top Ten State Parks for Leaf Watching
- Amicalola Falls
- Black Rock Mountain
- Cloudland Canyon
- Fort Mountain
- Moccasin Creek
- James H. Sloppy Floyd
- Smithgall Woods
- Tallulah Gorge
- Unicoi and
Georgia has nearly 50 state parks, providing affordable “staycations” to residents and a not-so-far-away mountain escapes for Floridians. Park rangers advise guests to make reservations as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for the most sought-after cabins to be reserved 13 months in advance, and many campgrounds fill up early on pretty weekends.
- Call 1-800-864-7275