Ellijay is a city in Georgia's Historic High Country. It is considered the Apple Capital of Georgia.

Gilmer County courthouse in Ellijay

Get in edit

By car: take Interstate 575/515 off Interstate 75 from Atlanta.

Get around edit

Ellijay has a quaint downtown area with various speciality and antique shops and restaurants but the shopping centers and all the chain restaurants are on the highway.

Map of Ellijay

See edit

  • 1 Springer Mountain. Serves as the southern terminus to the Appalachian Trail
  • Fort Mountain state park is about 20 min away from Downtown Ellijay on Hwy 52 West
  • Downtown Ellijay
  • Carter's Lake
  • Ridgeway Area
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Apple Orchards, mostly located on "Apple Alley" A.K.A. Hwy 52 East
  • The Cartacay and Ellijay River
  • Amicalola Falls is about 20 min away away from Downtown Ellijay on Hwy 52 East
  • Burt Pumpkin Farm, located just before Amicalola Falls on Hwy 52 East
  • Hillcrest Orchards, located on Hwy 52 East about 10 mins from Downtown.
  • Bear Creek Trail.

Do edit

  • Buy some apples at apple orchards in Apple Alley
  • Raft, canoe, kayak or tube the Cartacay River
  • Hike at the Ridgeway Area
  • go to Carter's Lake
  • Shop in Downtown Ellijay
  • Hike near or at Fort or Walnut Mountain
  • Go to the Georgia Apple Festival in October
  • Amicalola Falls
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Visit surrounding waterfalls
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Ride the nearby Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
  • Pan for gold in nearby Dahlonega

Buy edit

  • Downtown Ellijay
  • East Ellijay Shopping Center
  • Chewing baccer
  • Shine'
  • sweet tay

Eat edit

  • Pink Pig Barbeque
  • Longhorns
  • Charlie's
  • River Street Grill
  • Poole’s Real Pit Barbecue
  • Cantaberry
  • Okinawa Restaurant‎

Drink edit

There aren't many bars in Ellijay due to a very religious population.

Sleep edit

  • Best Western Mountain View Inn 43 Coosawattee Dr, East Ellijay. The hotel offers mountain views and a friendly staff of locals. Be sure to pet the hotel cats. Tel: 706-515-1500 or Toll Free 866-515-4515.
  • Rainbow Cabin Rentals of North Georgia riverfront cabin rentals in the North Georgia mountains with direct access to trout fishing, canoeing, and tubing. Make reservations online.
  • Stafford Inn
  • Cabin Rentals Of Georgia, 801 E Main Street Ste B Blue Ridge, +1 706-925-9059. Beautiful vacation homes available for rental in all areas of Gilmer county. Fully equipped kitchens, hot tubs, fireplaces, and many with pool tables. Some are pet friendly.
  • 1 The Overlook Inn (North Georgia Getaway), 9440 GA-52 (15.3 miles west of Ellijay on GA-52), +1 706-517-0300, . Check-in: 3:00-8:00pm, check-out: 11:00am. Boutique lodging offering six private guest rooms and breakfast at the top of the mountain, between Chatsworth and Ellijay. Private bathrooms, hot tubs, and fireplaces. Rooms: $169-$239.

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Routes through Ellijay
ChattanoogaChatsworth  W   E  Blue RidgeAnderson

30 to 45 minutes away is jasper it is the “first city of the mountains” and blue ridge is 30 minutes away

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