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Things to Do In Ellijay, Georgia

The North Georgia Mountains is packed with activities that attract thousands of visitors each year. You can enjoy a private mountain retreat and all the peace and privacy it affords while having all these exciting activities waiting for you just a short drive away.

Our mountains provide visitors with a wide variety of things to do in Ellijay during their stay, from hiking, fishing and camping, to biking, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing. The Appalachian Trail is easily the southeast’s most popular hiking destination, and at 2,175 miles is the longest continuous marked and maintained hiking trail in the world. Regardless of whether you’re a novice hiker or an experienced long range backpacker, the Appalachian Trail offers amazingly beautiful landscapes to explore. The trail begins at Springer Mountain, about 25 miles to the west of Ellijay.  For more information click on the links below:


 For biking trails & hiking trails check out these links:

Georgia trails

 Single Tracks

Fort Mountain State Park

Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way

Cartecay Bikes

Ellijay Mountain Bike Association

For ATV & Four Wheeling trails check out these links:

Georgia ATV Trails

Georgia OHV Trails

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Off-Road Vehicle Information


 Lake Fun

Carters Lake is a great way to have fun with family and friends in the North Georgia Mountains. The lake is more than 450 feet deep and covers more than 3,200 acres. The dam at Carters Lake is the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi River. The lake is open to a large number of recreational activities, such as fishing, picnicking, boating, mountain biking, and even hunting. Carter's Lake


Lake Conasauga is a 19-acre lake in the Lake Conasauga Campground located near the summit of Grassy Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest in northern Georgia, USA. It is the highest lake in Georgia at 3,150 feet (960 m) above sea level. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which finished it in 1940.

Lake Conasauga camp ground is managed by the Armuchee-Cohutta Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service. The area opens in mid-April and closes in late October

Lake Conasauga US Fed site

Wikipedia  Lake_Conasauga


There is no shortage of adventure on the water in Ellijay, and it doesn't get much more exciting than whitewater rafting. There are several local businesses located less than an hour from Ellijay with all the whitewater excitment you can handle!


Whitewater Rafting...

Ocoee River- Host to the 1996 Olympic whitewater venue. Two five mile sections of big waves, continuous rapids. Call Ocoee Whitewater Center For Information... (423) 496-5197. Guided and Individual rafting Ranges from Class III IV.

Cartecay River- 11 mile run east of Ellijay. Ranges from Class I - III.

Cooper Creek- 14.5 miles south of Blairsville. 7 mile floatable section begins 4 miles west of Lake Winfield Scott. Ranges from Class I - III.

Chattooga River- Cherokee for "rocky river." 50 miles of calm to roaring rapids through dense forest and undeveloped shorelines. Guided rafting

Whitewater Companies

Cartecay Water Shed TUBE AND KAYAK RENTALS(706) 698-7655 - 101 Lower Cartecay Rd, Ellijay, GA

Mountaintown Outdoor Expeditions  (706) 635-2524 - 122 Adventure Trl, Ellijay, GA

Other nearby rafting companies:

Nantahala Outdoor Center 800-232-7238

Ocoee Adventure Center 423-496-4430

Ocoee Rafting Llc   423-496-3388

White Water Express  423-496-9126

Rolling Thunder River Co.  800-408-7238


Horseback Riding: 

One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains is on horseback. There are several stables in the Ellijay GA area that offer riding lessons and guided horseback trips through miles of pristine mountain trails. If you've never been on a horse before, don't worry, beginners are welcome and the staff will take excellent care of you.


Adventure Trail Rides

Blanch Manor

Cornett Ranch

Fort Mountain Stables

Campgrounds, RV Parks and Camps in North Georgia

Camp Cherry Log

Diamond Lure RV and Campground

Doll Mountain Campground

Harris Branch Beach and Campground

Plum Nelly Campground

Woodring Branch Campground

Apple Houses in Ellijay

Gilmer County is known as the "Apple Capital of Georgia" and is the ultimate destination for apple lovers. The numerous apple houses in Ellijay offer a variety of fresh picked apples and apple desserts of all kinds. When visiting the North Georgia Mountains during the fall, don’t forget to visit the orchards of Ellijay.  Just take Hwy 52 East and you won’t miss out! Hwy 52 East in Ellijay has earned the name "Apple Orchard Alley" because 11 of the 18 orchards are located here and they are right on the way to other popular destinations such as Burt's Pumpkin Farm and Amicalola Falls.

 Check out these and other great Orchards!

 B.J. Reece Apple House
9131 Hwy 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30540

Hillcrest Orchards (and petting zoo)
9696 hwy 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30536

R&A Orchards
5505 Hwy 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30536

Panorama Orchards Inc.
63 Talona Spur
Ellijay, GA 30540

Red Apple Barn
3379 Tails Creek Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540


Ellijay is home to the Georgia Apple Festival each year during the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October.    


If shopping is more your style, downtown Ellijay is home to a wide variety of specialty shops, ranging from antiques to sporting goods. 

Downtown Ellijay Shopping

Click Here For A Complete List of Merchants in the Area

If you just want a day of relaxing without leaving your cabin or home, and just wanted to be pampered: Check out this link: 

Mountain Retreat Massage

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