It's officially September and that means it's time to blow the dust off your cinnamon candles, wrap up in your favorite cozy sweater, and of course, indulge in all the seasonal drinks. Although Georgia weather can be unpredictable, one can only hope that crisp autumn air replaces this sweltering heat sooner rather than later. Regardless, most folks won't let a little humidity get in the way of their fall adventures in Georgia.

You'll soon get to witness the leaves turn from green to a vibrant kaleidoscope of yellow, orange, and red. When the transition officially hits, you'll want to have your fall checklist ready to launch. 

The season combines a bundle of activities to help prep you for the spooky season including horror movie marathons, Halloween parties, ghost tours, haunted houses, pumpkin picking, and even cider sipping.

Speaking of sipping, it's undeniable that there's a good chunk of the population with a guilty pleasure for pumpkin spice lattes. After grabbing one from your favorite coffee shop, you can frolic in all things autumn on these adventures ranging from charming to spine chilling.

Westview Cemetery

Price: Free

Address: 1680 Westview Dr. SW., Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: This massive, nearly 600-acre graveyard marks the largest civilian cemetery in the Southeast. The spookiest part is that it's still gaining "new residents." The breathtaking mausoleum here mimics gothic-style, Euro-centric architecture and includes over 11,000 tombs inside.

Note: Tours of the mausoleum and chapel are not currently open to the public for visitation, but they are available for viewing from the outside.

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Price: $5 parking, $15+ to camp

Address: 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd., Rutledge, GA

Why You Need To Go: If you're a horror movie fanatic, this park is the perfect spine-chilling adventure for you and your friends. Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives was filmed here at Camp Daniel Morgan and other areas of the park, including Lake Rutledge. Explore the waters or go camping and you may just feel like Mr. Voorhees himself is watching you.


Stranger Things Filming Location Scavenger Hunt

Price: Free

Address: View the locations here.

Why You Need To Go: Although Stranger Things takes place in Indiana, production takes place right in your own back yard. If you're a follower of the Hawkins clan, you can walk in their shoes for a day by visiting these film sites throughout the state. You can snap a pic in front of "Hawkins Middle School", channel your inner Eleven at "Benny's Burgers," and even try to escape "Hopper's Cabin."


Burt's Pumpkin Farm

Price: Free admission and parking

When: September through November

Address: 5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Rd., Dawsonville, GA

Why You Need To Go: This North Georgia family farm takes pumpkin patches to the next level. You can get gigantic 150-pound pumpkins as you stroll through over 50 acres of giant, orange-clad joy. They even offer $6 hayrides that end with views of Amicalola Falls. And you can snag some homemade fall-themed treats in the shop before heading home.

Ghost-Hunting at Wren's Nest

Price: $22

When: Various dates throughout September & October

Address: 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: Get seriously spooked at this virtual ghost tour hosted by Wren's Nest, the oldest house museum in Georgia. The Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research will walk you through the 150-year-old home where you're bound to discover otherworldly apparitions, lingering shadows, and hair-raising sounds β€” some of which are answers to questions from the investigators. 


Copper Creek Haunted Cornmaze

Price: $16 for the haunted farm bundle

When: Various dates throughout October

Address: 1514 Reeves Station Rd. SW., Calhoun, GA

Why You Need To Go: This Instagram-able farm experience is popular for its eminent sunflower fields in the summer and its sinister haunted corn maze in the fall. Masked monsters lurk in the rows of corn in the pitch darkness, so make sure you put on your bravest face. You can also enjoy a bonfire, marshmallows, hayrides, and a mechanical bull.


Hike Trahlyta Lake Trail

Price: $5 for parking

Address: Within Vogel State Park, GA-180 Spur, Blairsville, GA

Why You Need To Go: This stunning hiking trail has it all: a lake, waterfalls, and mountains. This easy trek is only one-mile round-trip and leads you to the gorgeous Trahlyta Lake encompassed by views of Blood Mountain, which will be embroidered with autumn leaves in no time. A short spur trail will lead you to the cascading Trahlyta Falls.


From hauntings to hikes, this short bucket list ought to be a well-rounded start to your autumnal adventures!


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


 

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