Ride the Roads and Explore Blairsville's Scenery This Fall

Ride the Roads and Explore Blairsville's Scenery This Fall

Ride the Roads and Explore Blairsville's Scenery This Fall

As the temperatures start to get cooler, and the leaves begin to turn into beautiful shades of reds, oranges, and yellows, it's the perfect time to explore the stunning fall scenic drives in Blairsville and the North Georgia Mountains. There's something truly magical about the fall season in the mountains, and a scenic drive is a perfect way to experience it. With scenic routes surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, you will have an experience like none other. Here are some of the best fall scenic drives in Blairsville and the North Georgia Mountains that are great on two wheels or four.

The Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway:

The Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway is a favorite spot for viewing the fall foliage in Blairsville. The route stretches 16 miles and is an excellent option for those who want to experience a leisurely scenic drive. Along the way, you will come across three beautiful overlooks, including Hogpen Gap and it’s long-range  picture-perfect views of the mountains.

-Head south form Blairsville on Hwy 129 South, turn left on Hwy 180, then right on 348/Richard Russell Scenic Hwy.


Blood Mountain:

If you are looking for a more challenging scenic drive, then the Blood Mountain scenic route is for you. With its winding roads and steep inclines, it's not for the faint of heart, but the payoff is the stunning views when you reach the summit, Mountain Crossings/Walasi-Yi. During the fall season, the color change of the trees on either side of the road is breathtaking.

-Blood Mountain is south of Blairsville on Hwy 129 South.


The Gauntlet:

Twist and turn your way through the thrilling 133 mile loop, the Gauntlet. From Skeenah Gap to Wolf Pen Gap and Blood Mountain, this route encompasses everything that makes this season magical. As you drive through the winding roads of Hwy 60 and Hwy 180, you'll be captivated by the vibrant foliage surrounding you. Make a stop at the Unicoi Turnpike, outside of Helen, and take in the breathtaking view of Brasstown Bald. The route ends in Blairsville, but not before passing through Hiawassee and Young Harris, both known for their magnificent fall displays. Get ready for an unforgettable journey that will take your breath away.

-For map, visit: www.mistymountainga.com/blogs/gauntlet-motorcycle

Franklin, North Carolina - Clayton, Georgia:

The picturesque route to Franklin, North Carolina and Clayton, Georgia is lined with trees and foliage that showcase the most stunning hues of red, orange, and yellow you'll ever see. And if you have a bit more time, continue the trip onwards to Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina. You'll be rewarded with spectacular waterfalls cascading from the mountains and views of the stunning landscapes at the top of scenic overlooks.

Head east on Hwy 515 to Young Harris, turn right on Hwy 17/69 going to Hayesville, North Carolina. At the traffic light, turn right on Hwy 64 East and continue on to Franklin. To make the full loop continue south on Hwy 441 to Clayton, Georgia. From downtown Clayton, follow Hwy 76 through Hiawassee and back into Blairsville.


Don’t head south without making a stop at Vogel State Park, one of Georgia’s oldest and most beautiful state parks. The mountain reflections over Lake Trahlyta and Trahlyta Falls are sight to be seen this time of year!


The fall scenic drives in Blairsville and the North Georgia Mountains are some of the most breathtaking in the South. With a varied selection of routes and viewing areas that offer picture-perfect views, there really is something for everyone during this season. From Blood Mountain to The Gauntlet, nature lovers, bird watchers, picnic enthusiasts, and travelers alike have an assortment of options to choose from. So grab your camera and take your loved ones on a journey they will remember forever.

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