fall leaves reflected in lake waterWhen you think of life on the lake, the first things to come to mind may be all the fun summer activities. Swimming, tubing, laying on the beach, or hitting the waterparks are great for fun in the sun, but what about the rest of the year? But lake life offers so much throughout all the seasons, and an autumn day on Lake Lanier can be one of the most beautiful times of year.

Hiking

two girls walking in the forest in the italian alpsIn the fall months, Lake Sidney Lanier becomes an explosion of color and sounds as bright red, orange, and yellow leaves cover treetops and trails alike. The deep, rich, green trees of summer become a dream backdrop for nature lovers, photographers, and birdwatchers alike. Gainesville Times recommends the trail behind Lanier Point to “be wrapped in the flavor of fall underneath the lakeside canopies of the peninsula.” While Lanier Islands has abundant trails, filled with bright colors, crunching leaves, and adorable animals packing away for the winter.

Camping

Camping tent in autumn forest on sunny dayTake your hike a step further by setting up a full campsite! Especially with this year’s late-running summer, October and November are a great season for cool weather camping. After a day of hiking, exploring, and playing outdoors unhindered by the heat of the summer, stay cozy by the fire and roast marshmallows or tell scary stories in the dark! While some campsites close in September or mid-October, Shoal Creek Campground is one site that stays open late into the year. As part of Lanier Islands property, it is maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Both RV and tent camping are available here in this peninsula, offering both wooded and lakeside campsites with nearby rustic walking trails.

Fishing

fishing on lakeFall is a great season for the avid or amateur fishing enthusiast. In early fall (again, pushed back this year due to the long summer), stripers, bass, and trout are still active and abundant, while moving into late fall still finds trout, herring, and gizzard shad. 

Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches

child in corn mazeNorth Georgia is full of beautiful farms featuring corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and more! With many running through Halloween and the first weekend of November, take a dizzying dash through an authentic corn field maze will entertain the whole family. Just northeast of the lake at Jaemor Farms, admission includes an additional mini maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, an apple cannon, petting zoo, and more. While to the northwest, Uncle Shucks features 4 miles of winding paths, a haunted trail, and a gem ride. And even closer on the north side of the lake is Kinsey Family Farm featuring pumpkins, animal feeding, hayrides, and fresh apples and local honey. In every direction, you’ll find local farms packed with fun festivities like these!

 

Fall Festivals

Banjo player in a bluegrass bandFind excitement, music, food, and more at one of the many festivals happening around North Georgia throughout October and November! The classic Laketoberfest is back again October 26th featuring craft beer, food trucks, live music, and more all against the backdrop of beautiful Lake Lanier. And on November 2nd in Don Carter State Park in Gainesville is the 6th Annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival, with food, arts and crafts vendors, and of course, live bluegrass music all day long! With the Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, The Helmock Fest in Dahlonega, and the Japanese Maples Colorfest in Gibbs Gardens, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate with food, music, and pure natural beauty in North Georgia!

 

Autumn colors reflecting in New England

So whether you want to continue the outdoor excitement of summer, relax on a fishing boat or by a campfire, or take the family out to see the sights, sounds, and tastes of North Georgia on a brisk fall day, there are lots of options available to you in and around Lake Lanier this fall! There’s too much to see in just a visit, but consider how wonderful it would be to have all this right in your own backyard! Call me today and we can start discussing the lake home of your dreams that will put you right in the center of it all. So many people, families, and retirees have made an incredible new life for themselves in Lake Lanier and its surrounding towns and cities, and I would love to introduce you to yours!

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