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Ellijay's Fall Can't-Miss List

Categories // Explore the Ellijays, Attractions & Things To Do

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Do those cool gusts on late-summer mornings have you dreaming of all things Fall? We're right there with you. While every season holds something special in Ellijay, there is nothing quite like Fall in the North Georgia Mountains! Be sure these can't-miss attractions make your Fall bucket list!


Pick Your Own Apples

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Imagine yourself exploring a rolling orchard with your crew as the cool Fall air kisses your cheeks. There is nothing like the crisp, fresh smell of an Ellijay apple orchard and the sound of happy families and the breeze rustling the leaves of the apple trees. With plenty of variety in our orchards' u-pick fields, you are sure to find the mix that will be perfect for all of your Fall baking needs! (Photo Courtesy of @modernjunecleaver, taken at BJ Reece Orchards)

Explore the Hillcrest Kids Zone

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With a jumping pillow, petting zoo, pig races, apple tree maze, and so much more, your kids are certain to have the time of their lives at Hillcrest's kids zone! You can also explore the u-pick apple orchard and treat your whole crew to fall goodies at their onsite bakery. (Photo Courtesy of Mandy Ralston, taken at Hillcrest Orchards)

 Have a Wine Weekend with the Girls

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Did you know that Gilmer County has more vineyards than any other county in the state of Georgia? It's true! We're quickly becoming a must-see weekend getaway for wine lovers and there's no time to visit like the Fall! Why visit just one of our vineyards when you can rent a cabin with your girls and see them all? With a weekend's worth of vineyard stops, you can listen to live music under the historic chimney at Cartecay Vineyards, Sip wine by a fire pit at Ott Farms and Vineyards, drink wine from a chocolate tasting cup at Chateau Meichtry, and get the perfect shot between the vines at Engelheim's expansive vineyard. You know you want to! (Photo by Crystal Newgen Photography taken at Engelheim)

Bring Your Furry Friend

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Ellijay prides itself in being a pet-friendly destination. With patio dining the whole family can enjoy, many pet-friendly shops, and cabins that we're designed with your pet in mind, Ellijay is the perfect fall destination that doesn't leave anyone in your party out. If your dog is up for adventure, take them out on the trails and let them explore all there is to see at Carter's Lake and Fort Mountain State Park! (Photo by Crystal Newgen Photography taken in Downtown Ellijay)

Have a Couple's Getaway

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 You know you need one. Whether you choose to stay in one of the luxurious rooms at Ellijay River House or stay in one of the unforgettable lodging options at Elatse'yi, you will find complete peace and solitude when you getaway in Ellijay. Browse the orchards in the morning, sip local wine in the afternoon, and treat yourself to dinner in the evening. (We recommend Emily's for a fine dining experiece or The Roof of Ellijay for unexpected twists on Southern favorites with an unbeatable rooftop view of downtown and the mountains.) When you head back home, you're guaranteed to be rested, recharged, and ready for the week ahead! (Photo by Crystal Newgen Photography taken at Ellijay River House)

Try Fall Favorites at Ellijay Coffeehouse

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Known as Ellijay's Downtown Living Room, Ellijay Coffeehouse brews up delicious favorites all Fall. Whether you're a die-hard pumpkin spice latte fan or you're all about apple and cinnamon, you haven't had a fall drink until you've had one here. Caution: the down-to-earth vintage vibe, awesome menu, and staff that feel like family will make you want to keep coming back again and again--and with different specials every season, who is to say you can't? (Photo by Ellijay Coffeehouse taken in Downtown Ellijay)

 Visit a Family-Owned Orchard Market

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If you're not feeling in the mood for picking your own apples, check out one of our awesome orchard markets where all the work has already been done for you! Here you will find the freshest produce, amazing baked goods, and friendliest faces in the community. These family-owned and operated orchards have an amazing selection of fresh-picked apples and can help you select the perfect blend of apples, produce, and jams for all your Fall baking needs. (Photo Courtesy of Aaron Family Orchards)

Have Lunch at R & A Orchards

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While you're exploring the orchards of Ellijay, be sure your stop for lunch at R&A Orchards restaurant. With classics like their philly cheesesteak and their chicken and dumplings, you won't want to miss their classic home cooking! (Photo Courtesy of R&A Orchards)

 Go Camping

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 With cool mornings and temperate weather, Fall is an awesome time to go camping in the mountains! We have several awesome camping sites that are the perfect way to connect with nature. Featuring easy access to the community around you, camping spots in Ellijay make getting away as much or as little as you want to a breeze! (Photo courtesy of @_kaylynnkay_)

Do Some Retail Therapy

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There's nothing like a little shopping to pass the time! With an awesome boutique and antique scene in Downtown Ellijay, you won't want to miss all of the amazing shops Ellijay has to offer! Be sure to check out Belle's Boutique and The Loving Bull for all of your Ellijay apparel, Artful Ellijay for all of your LIJ gear, and Live the Trail for your outdoor/adventure souveniers. (Photo taken at Live the Trail by Crystal Newgen Photography)

Go for a Hike

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With miles and miles of trails to hike and some unbeatable views, you have to go for a hike and see all the beautiful fall color our mountains have to offer. Fall is the perfect time for apple picking and leaf looking, but it is also the perfect time for outdoor adventure. The weather is cooler, the bugs begin to go away, and the views are certainly something to enjoy. Be sure to bring your phone or a camera! (Photo taken at Tumbling Waters Trail by @carter.mikes)

Pick Some Flowers

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We've got a secret for you: there's more to pick than just apples here in Ellijay! If you've got a flower lover in your crew, you can't miss Red Apple Barn's U-pick Flower Patch! The gorgeous zinnias, cosmos, and sunflowers are sure to brighten up your cabin for your whole stay! You can also pick pumpkins in their u-pick pumpkin patch which makes Red Apple Barn the perfect stop for Georgia Grown fall goodies! (Photo courtesy of @cheylanbakr)

Experience the Paranormal

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If Fall means Spooky Season for your crew, you can't miss Expedition: Bigfoot! Our area is a hotspot for Bigfoot sightings and the team at Expedition: Bigfoot does a phenomenal job of teaching you everything you could want to know about everyone's favorite cryptid at their museum. Whether you have kids in your group, love the strange and unusual, or are all about Halloween, this museum is a can't-miss! (Photo courtesy of Expedition: BIGFOOT!)

Bookmark This Blog Post

This Fall, we want you to Fall for Ellijay so we are taking you along on every adventure on this list! For exciting updates and experiences, be sure to bookmark this blog post so you can check back regularly and get even more adventure inspiration.

Whenever you adventure in Ellijay this Fall be sure to follow us at @PickEllijay and use #FallForEllijay so we can feature your Fall fun!