2024 Pick Ellijay Bucket List

Ellijay offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, attractions, outdoor adventures, and Southern hospitality. If you’re planning a trip to Ellijay this year, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by all of the opportunities for adventure in our neck of the woods. Never fear, the 2024 Bucket List is here to help you plan experiences that will help you uncover the hidden treasures and unique attractions that Ellijay has to offer.

Stroll through the Downtown Square

Ellijay’s historic downtown square is lined with charming shops, boutiques, and eateries. Discover unique treasures, locally crafted goods, and indulge in some delicious Southern cuisine. The welcoming scene and friendly locals make this a must-visit spot.

Hike Springer Mountain

Did you know that Ellijay serves as a gateway to the Appalachian Trail? The southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is Springer Mountain in Gilmer County. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a memorable hike that offers breathtaking vistas and a sense of adventure that is unparalleled. More of our favorite hiking trails ->

Adventures for All

Embrace the spirit of adventure in Ellijay by immersing yourself in exhilarating outdoor activities. Experience the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains from a different perspective as you saddle up for a horseback ride through scenic trails. For those seeking a more rugged and fast-paced adventure, Ellijay offers thrilling ATV experiences. Whether you opt for the serene pace of fishing, or the adrenaline rush of mountain biking and waterways, Ellijay provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable outdoor escapades that will leave you with lasting memories of this picturesque destination. Discover more ways to play ->

Sip through Ellijay Wine Country

Ellijay is home to several wineries and tasting rooms. With 14 wineries and vineyards, a brewery, a distillery, and a hard cidery, there are plenty of places to taste something new. These North Georgia wineries offer homegrown hospitality with premier food experiences, each with their own unique atmosphere. Many of these tasting rooms offer live music and food trucks on the weekends. Go for a wine tasting ->

Explore the Apple Capital of the Peach State

With over 22 varieties of apples harvested from June-November, Ellijay is renowned for its apple orchards. No visit is complete without experiencing the joy of apple picking! Head to one of the local orchards during the harvest season, and enjoy the crisp mountain air as you pick your own apples and flowers including beautiful sunflowers and zinnias. Explore a farm market for fresh apples, apple pies, jellies, jams, butters, ciders and more. Apple Orchards ->

Attend the Georgia Apple Festival

If your visit aligns with the fall season, you can’t miss the Georgia Apple Festival! Since 1971, the Georgia Apple Festival brings two fun weekends and invites everyone to celebrate the harvest with a variety of events, including arts and crafts exhibits, live music, and, of course, an abundance of delicious apple treats. Save the date for the 2024 Georgia Apple Festival, happening on October 12-13, and 19-20. More Festivals in Ellijay ->

Stay in Ellijay

Whether you stay for a night or for an entire week, an Ellijay stay promises an enchanting and immersive experience in the heart of nature. Nestled amidst the serene North Georgia Mountains, these cabins offer a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With features like crackling fireplaces, private hot tubs, and panoramic views, staying in Ellijay ensures that your accommodation becomes an integral part of your overall mountain escape, creating cherished memories that linger long after your visit. From luxury cabins to fun farm stays you’ll find something perfect for your vacation to Ellijay. Whatever your preference you’ll be sure to find something extraordinary ->

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