Just 80 minutes north of Atlanta is the thriving little town of Ellijay, Georgia. Tucked against the southwest side of Chattahoochee National Forest, Ellijay is home to about 1,690 people.
Ellijay is the county seat of Gilmer County, which is famously the Apple Capital of Georgia. As such, it has hosted the annual Georgia Apple Festival every October since 1971. Throughout the rest of the year you can pick your own apples at one of the many orchards in Ellijay, including Red Apple Barn, Panorama Orchards, R & A Orchards, B.J. Reece Orchards, Hillcrest Orchards, Little Bend Orchards, and Aaron Family Orchards. And during the off season, you can often find other pick-your-own fruits and vegetables here, too.
If you’re looking for something a little stronger, you may want to visit one of the local wineries in Ellijay. Cartecay Vineyards and Engelheim Vineyards both offer tasting rooms, while Ellijay River Vineyards often hosts live music events on the riverbank.
Ellijay also offers a slew of outdoor activities. Springer Mountain near Ellijay is home to the southernmost portion of the Appalachian Trail, and can be reached via a 4.7-mile loop. For a more relaxed outdoor experience, try floating on an inner tube down the Ellijay, Cartecay, or Coosawattee rivers.
73% of Ellijay residents are homeowners. Homes in Ellijay are competitively priced, with a median listing price of $244,000* and a price per square foot of $125. This slightly lower than the national average price per square foot of $139, and reflects the affordability of purchasing a home in Ellijay.
Ellijay is in the Gilmer County School District, which includes Gilmer County Elementary School, Leading Creek Elementary, and Gilmer County High School. Gilmer County High serves 1,200 students with a graduation rate of 92%. Ellijay is also home to Dalton State College, a public, four-year college within the University System of Georgia.
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