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Ellijay

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

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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 Hyw 52 East about 10 mins from Downtown.
  • Bear Creek Trail.
  • Springer Mountain.


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Buy some apples at apple orchards in Apple Alley
  • Raft, canoe, kayak or tube the Cartacay River
  • Hike at the Ridgeway Area
  • 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
  • Visit Grandpa Jones Corn Maze and Pumpkins Grandpa Jones Corn Maze and Pumpkins


Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Downtown Ellijay
  • East Ellijay Shopping Center

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Davis House
  • Hometown Cafe
  • Pink Pig Barbeque
  • Walker's Barbeque
  • Longhorns
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Charlie's
  • Deli Junction
  • Sonic
  • Captain D's
  • River Street Grill in Downtown Ellijay
  • Starbuck's
  • Poole’s Real Pit Barbecue
  • Cantaberry
  • Okinawa Restaurant‎
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Farm Table Restaurant, 138 Spring St (near courthouse), 770-855-3754. Best and healthiest food you can find anywhere. Grass-fed beef, fresh veggies, friendly service. Located in the Tabor House, which contains the Civil War Museum, just off the traffic circle in downtown Ellijay, Georgia.


Drink[edit][add listing]

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

  • Jilly's Pub, 40 River Street, 7066356166.
  • Farm Table, 138 Spring St (Behind the courthouse), 770 855 3754. Th-Sun. Farm to Table restaurant in the historic Tabor House Museum Moderate.


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western: Located in East Eliijay, less than 10 minutes from downtown Ellijay and less than five from the Wal-Mart shopping center. From North of Ellijay take Highway 575 South, Best Western will be on your right above the Ford dealership. From South of Ellijay take Highway 575 North, Best Western will be on the first and second roads on the left after the Wal-Mart shopping center. The hotel offers wonderful mountain views and a friendly staff of locals. Be sure to pet the hotel cats. Call 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. North Georgia Cabin Rentals
  • Stafford Inn
  • Tica Cabin Rentals 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. 800-871-8422 ext. 1. [1]
  • TLC Cabin Rentals in the North Georgia Mountains A cabin rental and management company based on the Golden Rule with a personal touch. Several beautiful cabins that can accommodate as many as 20 people. Ideal for business retreats, club gatherings, or family vacations and reunions. 706.636.1979 • 770.827.4922 (866.403-3973 outside of Georgia)[2]
  • TGIF Cabins located in Historic Downtown Ellijay Featuring cabin and luxury cabin rentals. Near state and federal parks. Where everyday is Friday. 1-877- 967-2226 TGIF Cabins Website
  • Georgia Mountains Cabins Vacation log cabins in Ellijay Georgia featuring whitewater riverfront cabins with premier trout fishing and riverfront hot tubs near hiking, tubing, apple orchards, Amicalola Falls, rafting, tubing. Ellijay Cabins

Talk[edit]

Ellijay people talk like they are from the south but some locals (not from Atlanta) talk with many expressions and strange words to newcomers.

Education[edit]

Ellijay has

  • one primary school (ellijay Primary)
  • three elementary schools (Ellijay Elem., Oakland Elm., and Mountain View Elm.)
  • currently two middle schools (Gilmer and Clear Creek)
  • one High School (Gilmer)
  • Go Cats
  • North Georgia Christian Acadamy
  • Grace Christian School
  • Joesephine Edwards Christian Acadamy
  • Board of Regents of Dalton State College approved site at Ellijay

Development[edit]

  • Subdivisions are popping up all over especially on the east side but 282 has a good many
  • People from Urban areas are developing this "small" town
  • Ellijay is a vacation escape location with numerous vacation cabin rentals and second homes.
  • Coosawattee River Resort- The Coosawattee River Resort is a 8,500 + acre development consisting of more than 7,000 individual, privately owned lots.[3]
  • Blackberry Mountain is a development on the banks of the Cartecay River with Blackberry Falls.[4]
  • Walnut Mountain featuring second homes and vacation cabins is located deep in the Rich Mountains along the banks of Turniptown Creek. [5]


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