The four best places to watch leaves change at Piedmont Park

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The four best places to watch leaves change at Piedmont Park

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Gingko tree in Piedmont Park. HANDOUT

You don’t have to drive an hour - or more - outside of Atlanta to catch a glimpse of beautiful fall foliage.

You can go to Piedmont Park.

Piedmont Park Conservancy suggests a few prime viewing spots.

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The 14th Street gate near the Piedmont Driving Club is a popular location to watch the leaves change, according to Mark Nelson, the director of operations for the Piedmont Park Conservancy. 

“We’ve got some large gingko trees that have a beautiful fall color,” Nelson said in a statement. “They turn bright yellow. When you have a nice clear day and that sun shines on those trees, it puts a yellow glow on the ground. “

Piedmont Park offered stunning views of fall foliage. HANDOUT

He said the gingko tree will probably turn quickly at the end of October and will last a few days. The gingko tree features a bark with a whitish color, fan-shaped leaves and branches grow horizontally.

Another location is the Park Drive bridge, which is above the dog park and by the meadow, where there are a couple of bald cypress trees as well as red dawns and redwoods. Leaf watchers should also keep in mind to visit Oak Hill and the Active Oval.

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Nelson said the first week of November might be a good time to visit.

“We’ve had such dry weather here in September leading into October,” he says. “They’re kind of late right now falling; we hadn’t had the cold temperatures yet for them to turn. However, we recently had a few cold mornings and cold evenings that tend to turn the leaves quicker. “

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