Weekend on the Water in Ellijay, Georgia

As kids get older, it is more and more important to relax as a family and reconnect. Ellijay has plenty of summer activities on the water that teens and tweens will love. With three rivers, endless creeks, and Georgia’s deepest lake, Ellijay has ample opportunities to explore our waterways.

Book a Cabin on a Lake

If you’re a fan of water, you’ll want to book the right cabin. Many cabins in Ellijay are positioned right on lakes, rivers, and streams. These cabins provide the perfect opportunity for secluded access to Ellijay’s stunning waterways that will allow you plenty of time to relax and enjoy.

Ready to book your perfect romantic vineyard in Ellijay? View a list of local lodging partners here.

Tubing and Kayaking on the River

One of the easiest ways to experience Ellijay’s rivers is by booking an experience with a local tubing company. Ellijay River Outfitters allows river rats to book either a kayak or a tube, be shuttled to the inlet, and be picked up at the end of their route.

Select wither a one or 3 mile route to ensure you have plenty of time to enjoy the river. The gorgeous rolling rapids allow you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Southern Appalachians while staying cool.

Your family can even mix and match tubes and kayaks to make sure everyone gets the experience they are looking for. Life vests provided.

Golf in the Clouds

If you have a budding Masters champ in your crew, you won’t want to miss a chance to play a few rounds at Whitepath Golf Course. The rolling terrain and the scenic views of the Cohutta Wilderness make Whitepath one of the most picturesque golf courses in all of North Georgia.

Expedition Bigfoot

Do you believe? Teens and tweens will love exploring Expedition Bigfoot, North Georgia’s most unique museum experience. Tour their lab, learn about local and historic Bigfoot sightings, and learn about how people around the world see Bigfoot. Their gift shop is packed to the gills with Bigfoot and cryptid gear to take home. The accounts presented at Expedition Bigfoot are enough to make even the harshest of skeptics think twice!

Summer Festivals

There are many fun events that happen in Ellijay when the weather is just right. Whether you’re looking to go to food truck night or you’re in the mood for a bacon festival, there are plenty of opportunities for festival fun. Visit our calendar of events so you can see what is happening while you’re in town.

R & A Orchards Farm Market

When you’re ready for a special treat that hits the spot after a long day on the river, look no further than R & A Orchards iconic farm market. They’re serving crowd-favorite treats like cider slushies, apple fritters, and house-churned ice cream all summer long. Their peach and strawberry ice creams are made with fruit harvested right on the farm and made into perfect treats just for you.

Fishing on the Lake

Whether you book an adventure with a guide service or book a cabin with a private, stocked lake or pond, you can have a great time Lake Fishing in Ellijay. Catch largemouth bass, catfish, and more in the lakes surrounding Gilmer County.

Boat Rentals on Carters Lake

If you don’t have a boat of your own, rent one on Carters Lake!  Carters Lake Marina offers a selection of boat rentals in various sizes and occupancies to fit your crew’s needs. Carters Lake is perfect for boating, swimming, and having fun.

The Pink Pig

A teen’s appetite is hard to satisfy, but The Pink Pig can help you get close! Their famous barbecue and brisket is served up in inventive dishes like brisket nachos, quesadillas, and the classic pulled pork plate. Pink Pig also has a host of desserts and appetizers you won’t want to miss. Our staff’s recommendation? A garlic salad topped with brisket and served with a side of Alice Potatoes: crispy chopped potatoes that are cheesy, garlicky, and crisped to perfection.

Games and Movies at Your Cabin

Once you’re good and tired after lots of relaxing on Ellijay’s lakes and rivers, make plans to relax at your cabin. Rental companies can help you select cabins with pool tables, game rooms, ping pong tables, and everything you need for the perfect family movie night.


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