1. DON CARTER STATE PARK, Lake Lanier: Georgia’s newest state park (which is open, by the way, despite the federal government shutdown) is a great place to see the colors on walking and hiking trails and by boat.
2. SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK, Lithia Springs: Sweetwater Creek has nine miles of trails, ranging from casual strolls to energizing heart-pumpers.
3. RED TOP MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, Lake Allatoona: You can bike and hike, for sure, but the log cabin and blacksmith shed with the fall colors in the backdrop is a can't-miss.
4.AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK, Dawsonville: The region's tallest waterfall is only an hour north of Atlanta, making this a popular park year-round. A short, flat path leads to a boardwalk offers a spectacular view.
5. HARD LABOR CREEK STATE PARK, Rutledge: Head east to get away from the leaf-watching traffic jams in the north Georgia mountains. Just off I-20 in Rutledge (near Social Circle) is where kayak and canoe tours offer a different fall perspective.