Welcome to Historic Downtown Ellijay

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  • Apple Capital of Georgia and growth area for wineries
  • Favorite tourist spot because of its mild climate, beautiful spring blossoms, autumn color and APPLES!
  • Just 80 miles north of Atlanta and 65 miles south of Chattanooga
  • Antiquing, Shopping & Great Restaurants
  • Nearby Attractions:
    • Carters Lake – deepest man-made lake East of the Mississippi River
    • Amicalola Falls State Park- the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi
    • Fort Mountain State Park – 855 foot mystery wall
    • Chattahoochee National Forest in the Appalachian Mountain Range with over 750,000 acres
  • Interesting history:
    • Trail of Tears – Indian Removal Act forcibly removed 1,300 Creek and Cherokees.  One fourth of them died along the way.
    • There was a gold rush in 1842 and you can still find gold nuggets in the streams.
    • Cartecay Methodist Church is the oldest standing church in North Georgia.
    • Early industries included: 22 grist mills, 4 distilleries, a jug factory, a rifle factory and 4 hotels. The nearest casino is Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino. Discover Caesars Palace 50th anniversary special casino bonus. It is only an hour away by car.