Ellijay's Georgia Apple Festival: Why You Should Go

Ellijay is a very small town in Georgia which is right at the heart of America's apple production. Every year they hold an Apple festival but that's certainly not the only reason why you should consider visiting the area. There are lots of other reasons why you should visit Ellijay and these attractions are all very popular with tourists.

If you are visiting Ellijay then you should consider checking into a local Ellijay Bed and Breakfast. These bed and breakfasts will typically be the most affordable and most comfortable places to stay when visiting.

Amicalola Falls
240 Amicalola State Park Rd
Dawsonville, GA 30534-1003
(706) 265-4703

This is one of the most popular state parks in Georgia. Amicalola actually means tumbling waters and is a Cherokee Indian word. This park has a huge 729-foot waterfall which is the tallest cascading waterfall located east of the Mississippi River. There are a number of different trails for hikers, including an 8-mile approach trail, there are also shorter hiking trails which are suitable for less experienced hikers.

Fort Mountain State Park

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

This state park is located 18 miles to the north of Ellijay and it's another very popular state park in the region. The name is taken from a 855-foot long wall made out of rock which turns the mountain into a fort; it's thought that this wall was built by the native Americans either for fortification or for ceremonies of some kind. This state park is located in the Chattahoochee national forest which is located very close to Cohutta Wilderness area.

There are a number of different activities which can be done in this park including Hiking, walks through hardwood forests, or other hiking trails, and some of these are interesting and cross rivers and other obstacles.

Benton MacKaye Trail

PO Box 53271
Atlanta, GA  30355-1271

The Benton MacKaye Trail is suitable for experienced hikers, some of the paths are rough in areas which can make them difficult to pass. In general though this is a nice mix between roads, single tracks and footpaths. The whole trail is 93 miles long and it's possible to find a map online or from a local shop. The map will help you to decide where to get on and off the trail.

Whitepath Golf Course
1156 Shenendoa Dr
Ellijay, GA 30540-1202
(706) 276-3080

Anyone who is a fan of Golf can still enjoy their favorite sport in Ellijay. Whitepath golf course is a popular course which is ideal for amateurs and seasoned professionals looking to practice their game.

Ellijay City Cemetery
South of the Square
Ellijay, GA 30540-1202

Although few people like the idea of visiting a cemetery, there's actually something very special here. When looking back on the town you will have a wonderful panoramic view of the mountains, valley and the city.

Old Cartecay United Methodist Church
Highway 52 East & Roy Road
Ellijay, GA 30540-1202
(706) 276-7400

This church was built in 1834 and is the oldest Methodist church located in North Georgia. Tours are available on request and it can be interesting to walk round ancient buildings such as these.

There are lots of reasons to visit Ellijay and it's certainly not all about the Apple festival. Whenever visiting Ellijay you should stay in a local Ellijay Inn as these have some of the best prices and most convenient locations possible.