Ellijay is a small town in northern Georgia, 78 miles north of Atlanta, where the Ellijay River and the Cartecay River meet to form the larger Coosawattee River. Many visitors flock to this mountain town for its small town atmosphere and outdoor activities. Known as “The Apple Capital of Georgia,” Ellijay hosts the annual Georgia Apple Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Georgia.

The town center of Ellijay, GA, is comprised of historic buildings on a charming town square. The most impressive of these are the Gilmer County Courthouse, formerly the Hyatt Hotel, built in 1890, and a Victorian home now known as the Elderberry Inn and Restaurant. There are many antique stores and art galleries to stroll. Several restaurants and eateries also provide many dining experiences.

Many outdoor activities are available beyond the town center of Ellijay. Visitors enjoy fishing in the rivers and cycling and hiking the mountain trails. Chieftain’s Trail offers a view of many local Native American historical sites, while Fort Mountain has prehistoric rock formations.

Ellijay, Georgia
Ellijay, Georgia

Visitors can tour historic Kell Farm, built in 1867. Ellijay City Cemetery boasts the best panoramic view of the area. Perhaps the most popular activity in Ellijay, GA, is the annual Georgia Apple Festival. Over 300 vendors gather every October to sell crafts and celebrate the area’s many rich apple orchards. A parade and antique car show is a beloved part of this yearly festival.

Since Ellijay doesn’t offer any mega resort hotels, visitors often choose to stay in rented cabins in the nearby mountains. Ranging from small single bedroom cabins at higher elevations to large houses closer to town, Elijay cabin rentals come in many different variations, guaranteed to meet the needs of any traveler to Ellijay.

Top image: Gilmer County Facebook

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