Experience All Things Outdoors in Ellijay

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Known for generations for its apple harvest, trails, and waterways, Ellijay has always been an agricultural and ecological safe haven. Whether you’re an avid hiker looking to hit the trail or sipping wine in a lush garden is more you’re speed, you’re certain to find a way to reconnect with nature in Ellijay. Here are some of our favorite ways to experience the Great Outdoors in Ellijay, Georgia:

Hit the Trail

If you love exploring new trails, you won’t want to miss all the awesome trails Ellijay has to offer. Tumbling Waters Trail winds along the banks of Carters Lake and features scenic views of cascades and the North Georgia Mountains. Bear Creek Trail is a gorgeous hike that takes you to the Gennett Poplar, the second largest tree in Georgia. No matter what trail you pick, you can’t go wrong with hiking in Ellijay.

Visit a Local Orchard

It’s no secret that Ellijay is known as the Apple Capital of Georgia. With nine area apple houses, you can experience apple orchards all year long. Four area orchards offer u-pick apples from Labor Day weekend until late October. Other fun activities like petting zoos, bounce pillows, and even flower picking can be found at Ellijay orchards.

Explore Ellijay’s Waterways

With three rivers and a lake, there are ample opportunities for making a splash in Ellijay. If you’re looking for a tubing or kayaking adventure, Ellijay River Outfitters will drop you off and pick you back up right on some of the most serene waterways the North Georgia Mountains have to offer! If you prefer boating, you won’t want to miss Carters Lake Marina for boat rentals on Georgia’s deepest lake. When you’re ready to try your hand at fly fishing, be sure to book a guided experience with a local fly fishing guide like Reel ’em In Guide Services to get access to some of the area’s best fishing holes.

Sip Wine in a Garden

If you’re a big fan of all things cottage core, you’re going to love Chateau Meichtry. All Ellijay-area vineyards are family-owned and operated, and the McNeil family who owns Chateau Meichtry has a distinct love of gardening and farming. While at Chateau Meichtry, don’t miss out on the chance to sip wine while wandering the vineyards’ Monarch Way Station Garden. You can also admire the chickens and bantam hens grown on property or even have a chance to pet a highland cow calf!

Bike Georgia’s Mountain Bike Capital

Gilmer County is renowned for its mountain biking trails, and for good reason! Trails like Amadahy Trail are perfect for beginners while many area trails are perfect for more experienced riders. Not sure where to get started? Ask the experts at Cartecay Bike Shop. Their team of mountain bike experts can help you pick out the trail that’s best for your crew and help you stock up on all the gear you need for a safe and successful ride. They also offer a wide range of bikes available for rent in case you’re traveling without your own. Cartecay Bike Shop even hosts monthly social rides! Best suited for intermediate skill levels, you can find info on the next social ride on their site. For a fully-immersive mountain biking experience, consider staying at Mulberry Gap Adventure Basecamp.

Book an Unforgettable Farm-stay

If you’re looking for a fully-immersive agricultural experience, one of Ellijay’s unique farm-stays might be perfect for you. Wagging Tails Farm invites guests to stay in their secluded barn apartment and experience the fun of raising goats and chickens without the long-term commitment. They even make their own goat’s milk soaps on site! For an even more off-grid experience, check out the gorgeous cabins at Gingershack Farms. Gingershack brings together all the fun of camping like bbq-ing, playing in the creek, and stargazing with 2-bedroom cabins that rival any luxury amenity. They even have adorable free-range chickens, bunnies, and goats!

No matter how you choose to experience the great outdoors in Ellijay, you’re certain to have a good time. Click here for more fun ways to adventure in Ellijay!