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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

  • Gilmer Chamber Awards Tourism Grants

    Gilmer Chamber Awards Tourism Grants

    On May 6th, a local tourism promotion committee of the Gilmer Chamber made up of representatives from Ellijay, East Ellijay, the Gilmer Chamber, and Gilmer County awarded $41,764 in grants to support local tourism events and programs.

  • Best Quick-Serve Restaurants in Ellijay

    Best Quick-Serve Restaurants in Ellijay

    Whether you're wanting delicious food, or just a quick bite to eat, Ellijay offers multiple quick serving restaurants to satisfy your needs. Our community has a variety of meals ranging from southern American to Cuban. It is a perfect place to have a nice, casual meal with your friends or family.

  • Ellijay Galentine

    Ellijay Galentine's Day 2021 Bucket List

    Galentine’s Day is a day dedicated to spending time with those friends that never leave your side. It falls on a Saturday this year which is the perfect time to visit Ellijay! From shopping in the square to hiking the beautiful north Georgia mountains, Ellijay has it all for you and your bestfriends to have the perfect day.

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    Ellijay's Fall Can't-Miss List

    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!

  • 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.


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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.