8 Great Fall Weekend Adventures in the Southeast
With summer squarely in your rearview mirror, it's time to explore adventures waiting among the vividly-colored forests of the Southeastern U.S.
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Grab a Paddle and Hit the Water
Stay at a Hike-In Lodge
Take the easy-to-moderate, five-mile trail from beautiful Amicalola Falls to the Len Foote Hike Inn, tucked amid the beautiful mountains of Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest less than three hours north of Atlanta. The rustic inn offers soft beds in their 20 guest rooms, showers and two meals a day in the dining hall. And perhaps most welcoming is the wrap-around porch offering a chance to relax after a full day of hiking the trails flanked by lush stands of rhododendron and mountain laurel. For a full-day of hiking, trek out to the nearby Benton MacKaye and Appalachian trails. Reservations are required.
Book a Mountain Bike Trip
Go Fly Fishing
Go Rock Climbing in Southeast Tennessee
With the cool temperatures and brilliant foliage, fall is peak climbing season in Southeast Tennessee. The Chattanooga area is an East Coast climbing hotspot, with cliffs and boulder fields presenting opportunities for climbers of various skill levels and interests. Find details on popular climbing spots within an hour of Chattanooga at SoutheastTennessee.com. The Southeastern Climbers Coalition offers more resources and contact information for local climbing experts.
Climb a Tree
Views of the surrounding forest canopy from the top of a tall, Southeastern hardwood are best in the fall when there are fewer leaves on trees, says Patrick Brandt, who runs Piedmont Tree Climbing from his home base in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Haven't climbed a tree since you were a kid? Not a problem. In his weekend public and private tree climbing excursions, Patrick teaches basics like how to use ropes to climb safely, how to tie knots and how to move around in the limbs as they sway in the breeze. In the Atlanta area, you could contact Dancing With Trees, which offers introductory group climbs as well as private courses with more detailed instruction for up to two people. In Southwest Virginia, Blue Ridge Tree Climbing offers private lessons for one or two climbers, which you can book directly or through a stay at nearby Primland Resort. Get more info on recreational tree climbing from Tree Climbers International.