What is it about the Appalachian Mountains that feels so mysterious?

Is it that these mountains are older than the rings of Saturn themselves? Is it how expansive thousands of acres of national forests feel? Is it the area’s folklore and whispers of unidentified creatures roaming the wilderness? No matter what draws travelers looking for something a little different, Ellijay offers opportunities for adventure in spades.

The air we breathe is thick with stories.

Did you know that gold was found in Gilmer County before Georgia’s Gold Rush?

Have you heard that the beloved storybook writer & illustrator couple Lonzo Anderson and Adrienne Adams are buried in Ellijay? Do you know why this is their final resting place?

When you visit Ellijay, you are invited to learn the stories that have shaped this place.

What secrets sleep amongst these hills waiting to be awoken?

Is Ellijay home to Bigfoot or is that just a folktale? Who were the Moon-Eyed People and what exactly were they doing on Fort Mountain? If you hear your name called on a quiet trail, should you answer?

When you visit Ellijay, you’ll have a chance to seek these answers for yourself.

What offbeat events/offerings in Ellijay would you like to see?
Member women walking with cups of coffee

Das Kaffee Haus

2 Northside Square Ellijay, GA 30540

Coffee Shop and Bakery right in the Heart of Downtown / Square Ellijay, GA. European inspired Espresso Drinks, Hot or Cold. Fresh Tea, Frappes, etc. Snacks and Merchandise.

Member children standing next to carved statues of Bigfoot

Expedition: BIGFOOT!

1934 Highway 515 South, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Expedition: BIGFOOT! Is a 4000sqft complex w/ genuine artifacts, life size displays, a mini research vehicle, full size Sasquatch, FL/Ga sighting maps ”Sasquatch Theater” and more!

Member Cabins with rocking chairs on the porch

Gingershack Farms

280 Turkey Creek Drive Ellijay, GA 30536

Located in the beautiful North Georgia mountains, Gingershack Farms welcomes you to a simpler time where lazy creeks flow, families gather, nature surrounds and days end around the campfire.

Member A sign showing things to do at Mulberry Gap Adventure Basecamp

Mulberry Gap- Adventure Basecamp

400 Mulberry Gap Road Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-2865 Pet Friendly

An event at Mulberry Gap gives you a chance to unplug in the woods with good company, homemade meals, beautiful scenery, a warm bed (or tent), and a wide selection of cold craft beers and delicious wines waiting for you at the end of each day.

Member Poole's Bar-B-Q

Poole’s Bar-B-Q

164 Craig St. Ellijay, GA 30540

Poole’s BBQ has served traditional BBQ to North Georgia for decades. Now under new ownership, new items have been added to the menu along with Colonel Poole’s favorites. Now serving a variety of meats, sides and sandwiches, beer and local hard cider.


Roo Mountain Vineyards

1493 Old Flat Branch Road Ellijay, GA 30540
706-502-3925 Pet Friendly

Nestled just four miles from historic Downtown Ellijay with breathtaking, pristine views of the Blue Ridge foothills, Roo Mountain Vineyards is your destination for comfortable luxury. Taste and savor a curated selection of wines and hard ciders, fresh from the vineyard and made by a team of experienced winemakers, as you explore our winery, tasting room, rooftop garden bar, and more.

Member Unique Ellijay store exterior

Unique Ellijay

14 River St, Ellijay, GA 30540

Unique Ellijay offers new, vintage, one-of-a-kind vinyl, cassettes, and 8-tracks.


Subscribe to Ellijay’s Official e-Newsletter

* indicates required