Ellijay Vacation Basics: 5 Attractions Travelers Should See

Planning an Ellijay vacation? Let BBonline help you with a list of attractions in this gorgeous area redolent with apples!
    
Apple Orchard Alley
Highway 52 East
Ellijay, Georgia 30356

This is apple country producing 600,000 bushels of the fruit every year. A ride down the picturesque Apple Orchard Alley on the highway is a must from your Ellijay Bed and Breakfast.

There are 11 apple orchards along the alley and lots of apple goodies to eat and drink including apple pies, apple dumplings, caramel apples, cider and of course, fresh apples! The views of the mountains and valleys from the alley are breathtaking and you can go apple picking.

Some of the apple houses along the alley offer entertainment for kids such as hayrides and petting zoos. And in summer, you'll get fresh peaches. If you're in Ellijay during the second and third weekends of October, don't miss the Apple Festival.

Carters Lake
850 Carters Dam Road
Chatsworth, Georgia 30705

You won't find a deeper lake in Georgia, or one surrounded with such beautiful scenery. This 450-feet-deep lake looks like a huge emerald adorning the foothills of the spectacular Blue Ridge mountains. The shoreline, 62 miles long, offers wonderful things to do such as picnicking, camping, hiking, boating and mountain biking.

What's more, the area is wild and natural with no commercial development or private docks. The man-made lake is 17 miles (an hour's drive) from Ellijay and is often referred to as "Georgia's Best Kept Secret."

Amicalola Falls
Amicalola State Park
240 Amicalola State Park Road
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
(706) 265-4703
www.gastateparks.org

Amicalola Falls, the highest east of the Mississippi River, hurtle down 729 feet. The lodge on the mountaintop offers sweeping views of the park and the falls from its picture windows. There are hiking trails which take you to the falls and a 600-step stairway from the bottom of the falls to the top. You could hike it from here to Springer Mountain at the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. The park is about 20 miles from Ellijay.

Fort Mountain State Park

181 Fort Mountain Park Road
Chatsworth, Georgia 30705
(706) 695-2621

This fabulous park in the Chattahoochee National Forest is named after its mysterious 855-foot-long rock wall on the mountain. The wall is thought to have been built by Indians. Some say it was meant as fortification, others believe its purpose was ceremonial.

The park has plenty of hiking trails for all levels through forests of hardwood and blueberry thickets. On the hikes, the views are fantastic. The easiest hike is the loop trail around the crystal clear mountain lake which offers boating and fishing. Get ready to commune with nature in your cabin in the woods. There's camping, too, and biking on miles of flat paved roads. The park is 18 miles from Ellijay on Georgia Highway 52 W and not far from your Ellijay Inn.

Wildlife Rehab Sanctuary
435 Cougar Lane
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
(706) 276-2980
www.wildliferehabsanctuary.org

Just 5 miles from Ellijay, this interesting sanctuary is dedicated to the care of injured and orphaned wild animals indigenous to Georgia and the Southeast. The center encourages conservation through educational and recreational experiences.

Besides getting your heartstrings tugged by the sad and sweet stories about the animals, you can adopt an animal or become a volunteer. They also have a program which allows you to get a behind-the-scenes look at wildlife care.