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The Signs of Early Autumn are Showing; Tour the Scenic Byway this Leaf Tour Season!
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The Signs of Early Autumn are Showing; Tour the Scenic Byway this Leaf Tour Season!

Autumn is coming early this year, which means the leaf tours will commence early as well. Before the trees become bare for the winter months, make sure you tour the scenic river bluffs of Clayton County and gaze upon the vibrant, golden leaves as they paint the bluffs in shades of russet, ruby, and goldenrod. The River Bluffs Scenic Byway is a must-tour this season, though one cannot over-look the North Overlook in Guttenberg. A great spot for pictures and leaf-viewing, the North Overlook offers one of the most picturesque views of the bluffs during leaf tour season.

For years, I never took the time to stop and look at the leaves during autumn, though I’d lived in Guttenberg my whole life. I appreciated their beauty as they shifted in the fall months, but never took time outside of driving past them to really experience the wonder of it all. For me, it took being away from Guttenberg for a while to truly appreciate the leaf tour season.

My first trip back home for fall break at college, the leaves were in their prime; vibrant shades of red, mellow yellows, and fire orange had painted the bluffs the entire drive back home, and then I descended down the north hill into Guttenberg. As I wound down the hill, the view across the Overlook took my breath away. As I continued the route down the hill, I finally realized what I had been missing out on all this time; what other people had seen that I couldn’t. With fresh eyes, I could take in the splendor and truly feel awestruck by the sight. When I parked in my usual spot at home, I couldn’t help but say, “Wow,” at the full canvas of colors along the bluff behind my home. For the first time, I got the eye-opening experience every tourist gets when they drive through Guttenberg in the fall.

The leaves are turning early this year, so it’d be best to plan a road trip through the area sooner rather than later. To experience the same awe-inspiring views as I and countless others have before, visit Clayton County and see a palette of colors that are prominent in our rolling hills.


Written by Jayna Felder | Photo Credit to CCDG

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