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? 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
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
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
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.
Go mountain biking
Get away for a few days to explore some of the state's best mountain bike trails in Ellijay. For a rustic retreat that caters to mountain bikers, stay at Mulberry Gap. And be sure to stop into Cartecay Bike Shop for new gear and local tips on where to ride.