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A year round destination of adventure!

Shops galore, fine dining, a seemingly endless array of recreational activities and a world-renowned Georgia Apple Festival - all within a physical world that will capture your heart.

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains an hour and twenty minutes north of Atlanta, Ellijay and East Ellijay are the perfect get away destinations. Far from the hustle and bustle, visitors will find this area of north Georgia the ideal place to relax and unwind.

Recent Blogs

  • Georgia Apple Blossom Festival

    Georgia Apple Blossom Festival

    The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival is “all about the local,” according to Lisa Salman, event organizer and Tourism Manager for the Gilmer Chamber. This 2020 event,  will take place Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, on Craig Street, which runs parallel to Highway 515 and is in front of the Gilmer Chamber & Welcome Center located at 696 First Ave, East Ellijay.

  • Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Downtown Welcome Center

    Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Downtown Welcome Center

    On March 15, 2019,  the Gilmer Chamber along with community leaders, members and citizens had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the Downtown Welcome Center  located at 10 Broad Street in Downtown Ellijay.

  • Celebrate St. PETrick

    Celebrate St. PETrick's Day in Downtown Ellijay

    Come celebrate our pets in honor of St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Ellijay on March 16, 2019! Don't miss the annual St. Petrick’s Day Parade and Barking Lot party March 16 in downtown Ellijay. It's a real community event with a parade of pet walkers or floats , owners dressing to match the pets' costumes, live music, games, and vendors.

  • Places to Eat Gluten Free Pizza in Ellijay

    Places to Eat Gluten Free Pizza in Ellijay

    Pick Ellijay for the best pizza in North Georgia. These Ellijay pizza restaurants have gluten free options for you. 

  • Spring Wine Highway Week in North Georgia

    Spring Wine Highway Week in North Georgia

    The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is sponsoring its annual Wine Highway Week beginning Saturday March 22 through Sunday March 31, 2019. This is a great way to see and experience the views and wonderful wines of Northeast Georgia. Our wineries offer great wines that are grown and produced here in Georgia, many of which have won local, regional, national and international awards.

  • Engelheim Vineyards Earns the Winery of Distinction Award in the 2018 Georgia Trustees Wine Competition

    Engelheim Vineyards Earns the Winery of Distinction Award in the 2018 Georgia Trustees Wine Competition

    Engelheim Vineyards earned the Winery of Distinction award for the consistent high quality of their estate grown wines at the 2018 Georgia Trustees Wine Competition.


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Historic downtown Ellijay beckons visitors to explore its locally owned shops and restaurants. Browse its specialty boutiques for handmade crafts, unusual gifts, unique apparel, and antiques. Bargain hunters and antique lovers will be delighted with their finds. Enjoy a leisurely meal or grab a quick snack at one of Ellijay’s many dining establishments, some within walking distance of the town square. Downtown Ellijay hosts a variety of celebrations and festivities throughout the year.

Situated on the banks of the Cartecay River, East Ellijay boasts a variety of stores offering home improvement supplies, groceries, hardware, and household goods. Dining options include barbecue, pizza, Mexican, and fast food. Some of the area’s best apple orchards may also be found in East Ellijay.

The Ellijay and Gilmer County area abounds in recreational opportunities for all ages. Experience nature along miles of north Georgia hiking and biking trails. The proximity to the start of the Appalachian Trail offers opportunities for a day hike or a longer trek. Picnicking and camping are available in the Chattahoochee National Forest and nearby state parks. Enjoy boating on Carters Lake or trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing on area rivers and creeks. Come and discover Ellijay and East Ellijay.

Experience miles of trails for hiking, biking or camping, plus scores of rivers and creeks for trout fishing, tubing or paddling for exploring your outdoor adventure.