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Beautiful places to see fall foliage in the South

The Southern United States probably isn't the region that comes to mind when you think "brilliant fall foliage," but it could give New England a run for its money. Here are some of the most beautiful places to enjoy the season.

Alabama - DeSoto State Park

DeSoto State Park in northeastern Alabama shows off shades of golden, crimson and orange, which are particularly beautiful when reflected by the water.

Alabama - Lake Guntersville

The mammoth Lake Guntersville, the largest lake in the state, offers plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of changing leaves.

Arkansas - Hawksbill Crag/Whitaker Point

Hawksbill Crag might just be one of the most photographed places in Arkansas. Accessible via a moderate hike, the view is surreal at any time of year, but even more so in autumn.

Arkansas - Mount Magazine

Located in the state park of the same name, Mount Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas. That means sweeping, foliage-speckled views that will take your breath away.

Florida - Suwannee River

Florida probably isn't the first place you'd think of when searching for spectacular fall foliage, but there's plenty to be seen. Autumnal colors contrast beautifully with the spring-laden Suwannee River.

Florida - Wekiwa Springs

Canoe or kayak the emerald Wekiwa Springs for a different perspective on the changing leaves. You'll probably see some wildlife along the way, too.

Georgia - Tallulah Gorge

Tallulah Gorge has served as the filming locations for movies such as "Deliverance" and "Grizzly," and it was the setting for Karl Wallenda's heart-stopping high-wire walk. Not to mention, it has gorgeous scenery in autumn.

Georgia - Lookout Mountain

Right on the Georgia-Tennessee border, Lookout Mountain boasts some amazing sights. Did we mention you can see seven U.S. states from here? That's a whole lot of leaf-peeping.

Kentucky - Pine Mountain

Located in the Appalachians, Pine Mountain was Kentucky's first state park. If you're up for it, you can savor the spectacle longer with a stay in the onsite lodge.

Kentucky - Cumberland Falls

Often referred to as the "Niagara of the South," Cumberland Falls becomes even more spectacular when surrounded by hues of gold, orange and scarlet.

Mississippi - Tombigbee State Park

Tombigbee State Park in Tupelo enjoys close proximity to the Natchez Trace Parkway, famous for its fall colors. The generously-sized Lake Lee serves as a brilliant mirror for the multi-colored leaves.

North Carolina - Grandfather Mountain

One of the Blue Ridge's highest peaks, Grandfather Mountain is awash in the most brilliant autumn hues that seem to go on forever.

North Carolina - Cullasaja River Gorge

Cullasaja River Gorge is home to three amazing waterfalls, which visitors can access by driving the scenic Waterfall Byway.

Oklahoma - Talimena National Scenic Byway

The scenic drive along Talimena National Scenic Byway leads you over 50 miles, allowing you to explore historic towns and take in amazing views.

Oklahoma - Turner Falls Park

Turner Falls is Oklahoma's largest waterfall, tumbling 77 feet into a pool below. It's an ideal place to enjoy a fall picnic and revel in the surrounding colorful foliage.

South Carolina - Greenville

Greenville and its surrounding areas serve as a fantastic place to enjoy all of the shades of autumn. For an especially scenic perspective, visit the idyllic Campbell's Covered Bridge.

South Carolina - Table Rock State Park

Table Rock's exposed rock surface serves as the backdrop for Pinnacle Lake. The small body of water makes for a stunning contrast when the leaves turn.

Tennessee - Cades Cove

Drive through Cades Cove – a broad valley in the Great Smoky Mountains – during autumn, and this is what you'll see. Its picturesque and pastoral beauty is only enhanced by the transforming trees.

Tennessee - Newfound Gap

A unique view awaits at Newfound Gap, a mountain pass straddling the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The nearly-mile-high pass is home to an evergreen spruce-fir forest, which accents the bold colors of the deciduous population.

Texas - Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples becomes especially lovely in autumn. It's home to Uvalde bigtooth maples, a difficult-to-find species with fall foliage of stunning reds and golds.

Virginia - Shenandoah National Park

This massive national park in the Blue Ridge Mountains spans hundreds of thousands of acres. Exploring via Skyline Drive offers unforgettable views of the technicolor trees.

Virginia - James River

The James River is an excellent stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, presenting a striking image of mirrored autumn color. Even better if you can enjoy it by boat.

West Virginia - Babcock State Park

Bucolic in character, Babcock State Park's Glade Creek Grist Mill surrounded by dappled trees might be as autumnal as it gets.

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