Pumpkins, Sunflowers and Waterfalls… Oh My!

As the air turns crisp, the leaves begin to change and the vibrant colors of Autumn paint the North Georgia foliage, Dawsonville, Georgia, stands apart as a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts, adventure lovers and families seeking a memorable outdoor seasonal experience. So let’s jump into our favorite D-ville spots to get you pumped this Fall!

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm: Families from all over the region make it an annual tradition to roam this sprawling multi-acre pumpkin patch in search of the perfect gourd. But that’s not all this family farm of fifty years has to offer. Families will love the hayride with adorable interactive displays along the way that circles the farm. (Singing pumpkins, anyone?) A country store stocked with homemade jams and baked goods, including their infamous homemade pumpkin rolls, will leave your mouth watering.

Fausett Farms Sunflowers: Get your mobile device ready because when you visit this family “flowery” farm, you are visiting one of Georgia’s top ten most Instagram-ed destinations. Every year more than ONE MILLION sunflowers are planted across thirty acres! Wandering among this sea of golden petals while breathing in the crisp, fragrant air, you’ll swear you’ve landed in a scene straight out of a Disney animated classic.

Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: This tangled and twisted 15-acre corn maze will seriously put your navigation skills to the test. Fortunately, for us urban dwellers who rely on GPS for everything, there’s also a “kiddy maze” onsite. There’s plenty of other family-friendly stuff to do here, including a jumping pad, towering goat walk, corn cannon and wagon rides, to name a few. (You can go ahead and Google “towering goat walk” now.)

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge: It should be a requirement for every resident of metro Atlanta to make this visit at least once. Known as one of the “seven natural wonders of Georgia,” Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the state at over 700 feet. You should consider staying at the mountaintop resort because there is much to do. You can fill your visit with hiking, ziplining, fishing and checking out the new state-of-the-art visitors center opening this Fall.

Bonus: Georgia’s only backcountry lodge in the Chattahoochee National Forest is also worth mentioning: the Len Foote Hike Inn. This inn is unique because it’s only accessible by a five-mile hike that takes you through stunning woodlands and over babbling brooks. The cozy accommodations, delicious communal meals and captivating starlit skies at this eco-friendly inn are a perfect conclusion to an exhilarating day of exploration.

So, if you’re seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life or want to make a new seasonal tradition with friends and family, plan a fall getaway to Dawsonville this year. It epitomizes everything beautiful that only autumn in Georgia can offer. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a fifty-pound pumpkin to carve.