A stand-up paddleboarder stands upright on their blow-up paddleboard, slightly deflated, floating on the gentle waves of Carters Lake in Ellijay, Georgia. They have a paddle in their hands and are actively paddling. In the background are a few shorelines lined with tall trees, and in the sky before the paddleboarder is the setting sun, which paints the entire scene in a golden glow and reflects its shine off the water.


Peaceful and charming, the North Georgia mountain town of Ellijay welcomes visitors with its top-tier hiking trails and wineries. Known as Georgia’s Apple Capital, it’s easy to find heritage farms anywhere.

Float the Cartecay River with Cartecay River Experience, or fight waves in a kayak with Ellijay River Outfitters. Explore the lush Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, where three major thru-hike trails converge. Or experience the Tumbling Waters Trail, perfect for families and pups. 

Taste the area’s acclaimed apples with a hard cider at Reece's, or pick apples, peaches and nectarines at R & A Orchards. In the fall, B.J. Reece Orchards offers hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze and a pumpkin patch.

Ellijay’s food scene is worth a visit alone. Sample farm-to-table meals and craft cocktails at The Roof, a boutique restaurant with an elevated view of the mountains. Emily's offers fresh seafood and prime steaks, while fresh-baked focaccia, sourdough and delicious drip coffee keep Arlowe’s Bakehouse buzzing.

When you’re ready to call it a night, check out Dragonfly Dreams Luxury Cabin Rentals, Blue Sky Cabin Rentals and The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort, each with unforgettable mountain views.

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Visitor Information Center

696 First Ave.
East Ellijay, GA
Local: (706) 635-7400
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