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For those looking for picturesque fall foliage

LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | 10/12/2012, 2:32 p.m.
Fall is by far my favorite season of the year; it's when Mother Nature bestows...
For those looking for picturesque fall foliage

Brown County State Park in Nashville--yes, Nashville, Ind.--Tippecanoe River State Park in Winamac and the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville are just a few of Indiana's many pristine state parks where visitors enjoy the fall season at its finest. www.visitindianafall.com

Georgia

In the North Georgia Mountains, you have many options, included one of the most popular, Sweetwater Creek State Park, located only minutes from downtown Atlanta. Other great fall explorations in the "Empire State of the South" include Unicoi State Park, featuring a variety of tree species along its trails, a bevy of spectacular views within Moccasin Creek State Park and picturesque mountains and trails in Vogel State Park. http://gastateparks.org/LeafWatch

Pennsylvania

The autumn season is alive and spectacular in the Pocono Mountains, spanning three distinct color zones and 2,400 square miles. In western Pennsylvania, you'll find the stunning Raccoon Creek State Park, one of the state's largest and most beautiful state parks and home to 101-acre Raccoon Lake, in addition to sizeable tracts of undeveloped land.

In central Pennsylvania, be sure to visit Tuscarora State Forest, a picturesque fall destination that lies adjacent to Colonel Denning State Park. A unique feature here is that the park is located in what is called Doubling Gap, an "S" turn where the Blue Mountain Parkway doubles back on itself.

New Hampshire

The awe-inspiring Merrimack Valley in the Granite State is a popular area in which to revel in the fall bursts of color, dotted with

vibrant marshy areas, wetlands and meadows, as well as in the Great North Woods--one of its claims to fame being that it is situated halfway between the equator and the north pole.

Other "must-sees" in the state include the Monadnock Region, which encompasses the beautiful Connecticut River Scenic Byway following the Connecticut River along the western border of the state, in addition to Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee, among many others.

Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes for numerous online and print publications, including as the cultural travel writer for www.Examiner.com and as a senior travel writer for SoulOfAmerica.com, an Afrocentric travel website. Lysa can be reached at lallmanbaldwin@kc.rr.com.