This weekend: Apple cannons, pig races shake up Georgia’s fall trips

This is north Georgia’s boom time — when Atlantans and, increasingly Floridians — hit winding country roads to see the fall leaves and the mountain beauty.

But they’ll also see more extra attractions, from apple cannons and pig races to haunted corn mazes and (because local craft beer has gotten big) growler shops.

Oh, and zip lines.

“Six years ago I didn’t have a single one,” said Cheryl Smith, who helps market northeast Georgia for the state Department of Economic Development. “Now, they are popping up all over the place and I can barely keep up.”

But is this a good thing? Check out what you’ll find there and what pressures are driving the change, in my latest Unofficial Business column on myAJC.com.

Ashley Kean from Conyers and her kids   Zen, Mikayla and Josephine   shot apple cannons on an afternoon outing at Jaemor Farms in Alto, Ga.  North Georgia farm keep adding more visitor attractions, from corn mazes to apple cannons and wagon rides. MATT KEMPNER / AJC

Ashley Kean from Conyers and her kids Zen, Mikayla and Josephine shot apple cannons on an afternoon outing at Jaemor Farms in Alto, Ga. North Georgia farms keep adding more visitor attractions, from corn mazes to apple cannons and wagon rides. MATT KEMPNER / AJC

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