The Ellijay and Gilmer County area abounds in recreational opportunities for all ages. Experience nature along miles of North Georgia hiking and biking trails. The proximity to the start of the Appalachian Trail offers opportunities for a day hike or a longer trek. Picnicking and camping are available in the Chattahoochee National Forest and nearby state parks. Enjoy boating on Carters Lake or trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing on area rivers and creeks. Come and discover Ellijay and East Ellijay in beautiful Gilmer County.

Historic Downtown Ellijay

Historic Downtown Ellijay beckons visitors to explore its locally owned shops and restaurants. Browse its specialty boutiques for handmade crafts, unusual gifts, unique apparel and antiques. Bargain hunters and antique lovers will be delighted with their finds. Enjoy a leisurely meal or grab a quick snack at one of Ellijay’s many dining establishments, some within walking distance of the town square. Downtown Ellijay hosts a variety of celebrations and festivities throughout the year. (gilmerchamber.com/explore-the-ellijays/explore-downtown)

 East Ellijay

Situated on the banks of the Cartecay River, East Ellijay boasts a variety of stores offering home improvement supplies, groceries, hardware, and household goods. Dining options include barbecue, pizza, Mexican, and fast food. Some of the area’s best apple orchards may also be found in East Ellijay.

 Tabor House & Civil War Museum

This 1870 home is one of Ellijay’s oldest homes still standing. It is home to the Gilmer County Historical Society, which runs this wonderful Civil War-era museum. (facebook.com/TaborHouseCivilWarMuseum)

 Cartecay Vineyards

With over 13 acres of vines and 6 different varieties, Cartecay Vineyards is a thriving winery. Come sip in the Nealey Barn Tasting Room or listen to live music on the Chimney Patio. Cartecay’s romantic grounds are ideal for holding memory-making events. (cartecayvineyards.com)

Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery

A family owned and operated vineyard located in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The rolling hills provide a perfect location for growing quality wine grapes. (chateaumeichtry.com)

Engelheim Vineyards

Gary and Jan Engel decided to purchase the land that is now known as Engelheim (“Angel Home” in German) in 2007. After Colonel Engel retired from the Army in 2004 upon returning from Kuwait and Iraq, they decided to enjoy their dream of living in the North Georgia Mountains and growing the finest quality grapes. They planted the first vines in 2009 and took the first limited harvest in 2011. (engelheimvineyards.com)

Ellijay River Vineyards

Established in 2010 on almost 20 acres of former crop land, this boutique winery borders the Ellijay River in the North Georgia Mountains. The property is located in the Whitepath area of Gilmer County, between the towns of Ellijay and Cherry Log. (ellijayrivervineyards.com)

Carters Lake

Carters Lake is the deepest man-made lake in the Southeast. With more than 62 miles of shoreline, this Corps of Engineers lake offers great fishing, camping, swimming, boating, watersports and breathtaking mountain views. (sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/Carters-Lake)

Mountain Valley Farm

This beautiful valley has been in the Wright’s family since 1840. In 2009, the Wrights decided to open Mountain Valley Farms, selling grass-fed beef and grain-fed pork direct to market. Open seven days a week, the Farm Store offers various cuts of meat, unpasteurized milk for pets and, most importantly, an opportunity to know just where your food comes from. Great place for kids to see real farm animals in a natural setting. (grassfedgeorgia.com)

Bear Creek Trail

Located out off GA Hwy. 52 West, the Bear Creek Trail offers 2.9+ miles of multi-purpose trails. This scenic trail follows Bear Creek to the Gennett Poplar, the state record Tulip Poplar. (gilmerchamber.com/chamber-news/our-favorite-family-hiking-trails-in-ellijay)

Whitepath Golf Course

This public golf course was designed by world-renowned architect Rocky Roquemore. It is snuggled in the majestic North Georgia Mountains and offers breathtaking scenery from elevated tees overlooking lush fairways and medium-sized greens. (golfwhitepath.com)

R & A Orchards

One of several multi-generational farms, R&A is open year-round and offers seasonal fruits and produce throughout the year. Visit during the spring for a wagon ride through the orchards while the apple blossoms are blooming or pick your own strawberries. Summer brings fresh-from-the-farm vegetables and, of course, fall brings apples. (randaorchards.com)

River Park on the Coosawattee River

A linear park with a three-quarter-mile walking track, picnic areas, tennis courts, exercise stations and a small playground. It is also home to Veterans Memorial Bridge & Garden, where tribute is paid to our great nation and all veterans. (gilmerchamber.com/community-information/leisure-parks-recreation)

Harrison Park

Harrison Park is 26 acres stretching out along the Ellijay River and located just a short walk from Historic Downtown Ellijay. The Park was once farmland and preserves the natural habitat along the Ellijay River while providing an abundance of open space for picnic areas, benches, walking trails and numerous community projects and events. Future plans include stages for concerts, plays and movies as well as several festivals each year. (harrisonparkellijay.com)