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ATTRACTIONS & THINGS TO DO

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.

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.

Explore The Ellijays Recent Blogs

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    Georgia's Delay Harvest Trout Fishing

    Georgia’s DH season begins November 1st, and continues through May 14th.  The DH sections of these waters are marked with signage.  During the DH season, anglers must release all trout immediately, and use and possess only artificial lures with one single hook per lure. 

  • Light Up Ellijay

    Light Up Ellijay

    Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, this year November 23, Downtown Ellijay hosts a small town holiday celebration. 

  • Top 10 Things To Do in the Winter in Ellijay

    Top 10 Things To Do in the Winter in Ellijay

    Winter is one of the best times to visit Ellijay, Georgia. Make plans to bundle up and explore a place where both forests and fireplaces beckon, about 80 miles north of Atlanta and 65 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

  • 5 Ways to Celebrate the End of Prohibition in Ellijay

    5 Ways to Celebrate the End of Prohibition in Ellijay

    On December 5, 1933 the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to the era of national prohibition of alcohol in America. In honor of this date in history, we thought of a few ways that you can celebrate in Ellijay.

  • The Best Soups and Stews in Ellijay

    The Best Soups and Stews in Ellijay

    In these chilly winter days we are always on the lookout for great soups and stews in Ellijay. We want to share with you some of our favorites from our local restaurants.

  • Apple Items You Must Get at the Georgia Apple Festival

    Apple Items You Must Get at the Georgia Apple Festival

    It wouldn't be the a visit to the Georgia Apple Festival unless you left with something apple from Ellijay, GA. Fortunately the Georgia Apple Festival offers many great apple items, even if you don't eat apples there is something for everyone! 



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