Autumn in DeKalb County: A Kaleidoscope of Colors

Autumn in DeKalb County: A Kaleidoscope of Colors

By Kerry Scott

Welcome to DeKalb County, Alabama, where the stage is set for a breathtaking transition. As the greens of summer give way to the dazzling yellows of poplars, the scarlet brilliance of dogwoods, the fiery oranges of maples, and the golden hues of hickories, DeKalb County unfolds its patchwork quilt of color. North Alabama transforms into a sea of vibrant foliage.

Little River Burgers and Brews pimento cheese bacon burger
DeKalb County Public Lake by Patty Tucker

A Symphony of Colors

In late September or early October, the first hints of autumn’s splendor begin to appear, and this glorious transformation lasts well into November. The 93-mile scenic drive along Lookout Mountain Parkway (Highway 75 on Sand Mountain) and Highway 11 in the valley offers some of the most stunning vistas you’ll ever encounter. The mountain breezes whisper through the trees, inviting you to pause and savor the season’s changes.

Explore Rugged Natural Beauty

Venture into the mountains of Northeast Alabama and discover the 778 square miles of rugged natural beauty that DeKalb County has to offer. The landscape boasts rolling hills, picturesque valleys, pristine waterfalls, canyons, lakes, rivers, and rural farmland. Whether you prefer riding, hiking, biking, or leisurely walking in the woods, DeKalb County has something for everyone.

Plan Your Perfect Fall Adventure

To make the most of your autumn adventure, be sure to contact DeSoto State Park or Buck’s Pocket State Park. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or an extended stay, there are accommodations to suit every taste, including motel rooms, log or rustic cabins, chalets, and campsites. Given that fall is the busiest time of year, it’s wise to make your reservations well in advance to secure your spot.

DeSoto State Park
Location: 7104 DeSoto Parkway NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967
Office: 256-845-5380
Campground: 256-845-5075
Toll-free: 1-800-760-4089

Buck’s Pocket State Park
Location: 393 County Road 174, Grove Oak, AL 35975
Phone: 256-622-8400
Toll-free: 800-252-7275

Little River Canyon: A Fall Paradise

A favorite spot to witness the changing of the seasons is Little River Canyon National Preserve. The season begins with the brilliant reds of Woolly Sumac and extends for several weeks, typically peaking in late October and early November. Be sure to check out the stunning views of Little River Canyon from various overlooks, and take plenty of pictures to capture the magic of this season.

Buck’s Pocket: A Symphony of Color

Buck’s Pocket State Park is another gem that offers breathtaking bluff views from the Jim Lynn Overlook, showcasing miles of vibrant fall foliage that are truly awe-inspiring. These views are a photographer’s dream come true, providing the perfect backdrop for capturing the essence of autumn. For an adrenaline rush and a unique perspective of leaves falling in action, don’t forget to bring your ATVs to explore their new ORV trail—a thrilling way to immerse yourself in the seasonal beauty.

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a photography aficionado, or simply someone seeking a peaceful retreat in nature, DeKalb County offers a fall experience like no other. So, pack your camera, put on your hiking boots, and get ready to explore the hidden treasures of fall in our picturesque county. The colors of DeKalb County are waiting to paint a lasting memory on your heart.

Don’t miss out on this year’s fall foliage extravaganza. Plan your visit to DeKalb County today, and let the beauty of the season wash over you in a kaleidoscope of colors.

Read more about our fall foliage here.