Couple at B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia. Photo by Steffy Montes, @steffyfortner
Steffy Montes, @steffyfortner

B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia. Photo by Steffy Montes, @steffyfortner

5 Ways to Enjoy Fall in Ellijay

Looking for ways to make this fall extra special for the family? Try a trip to Ellijay in Gilmer County. Here are five ways you can make memories together to last a lifetime.

Paddleboarding on Carters Lake
Paddleboarding on Carters Lake

Explore Carters Lake

Carters Lake boasts 62 miles of natural shoreline. Lined with trees, this 3,200-acre lake is a great place to take in the changing leaves of the mountains. No boat? No problem! Carters Lake Marina offers rentals for your family, no matter how small or large.

Pig races at Hillcrest Orchards

Pig races at Hillcrest Orchards

Rally behind a pig

Oink oink! Pick your favorite pig, and then cheer them on at Hillcrest Orchards famous pig races. You can also pick apples, pet the animals, or take on the South's first apple tree maze.

Photo by Lesli Peterson

Photo by Lesli Peterson

Shoot an apple cannon

They say one bad apple spoils the bunch, but at B.J. Reece Orchards, the bad apples bring tons of fun! On weekends, your kids can shoot apples from one of the orchard's apple cannons. They also have zip lines, pony rides and more.

Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay

Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay

Discover Georgia's best apple pie

For multiple weekends each fall, Ellijay is home to the Georgia Apple Festival. You’ll enjoy a 5K, art festival, parade, car show and more. My favorite part? Discovering the best apple cake and apple pie in the state!

Fall in downtown Ellijay, Georgia

Fall in downtown Ellijay, Georgia

Trick-or-treat downtown Ellijay

Want to supplement your neighborhood rounds with something unique and different? Try trick-or-treating on the streets of downtown Ellijay. Local merchants join in the fun, ensuring it's fun for the whole family.

Published: August 2019
Written by: Lesli Peterson