East Ellijay Historic High Country

East Ellijay, sister city to Ellijay, is the shopping and dining hub of the Ellijay area, and was originally the location of Fort Hetzel, one of the Cherokee removal forts built in 1838 to house the Cherokee people before sending them on the "Trail of Tears.

Nestled along the banks of the Cartecay River, and on the route of the Appalachian Foothills Parkway, East Ellijay in Gilmer County is a small hamlet of only two square miles. A sister city to Gilmer County's county seat of Ellijay, East Ellijay is a commercial hub of the area.

Locally owned shops await you next to recognizable national chains. Dining options galore also await you in this picturesque mountain community.

Visit any season of the year for a new experience but be sure to mark your calendar for the first weekend of May each year as East Ellijay plays host to the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival.

Visitor Information Center

696 First Ave.
East Ellijay, GA 30540

Visit Website

Phone: 706-635-7400

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