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Ellijay, GA

Ellijay, GA

Known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia”, Ellijay offers a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle just 1.5 hours away from Atlanta. Ellijay is located in Gilmer County, Georgia between the Ellijay and Cartecay Rivers. The city’s lush landscape, premier golf courses, and popular community events such as the Apple Festival provide residents with a rich quality of life. 

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The land where Ellijay now sits was first inhabited by the Cherokee people; in fact, Ellijay’s name traces back to the Cherokee word, Elatseyi, meaning “New Ground”. Upon the arrival of European settlers in the early 19th century, both groups lived in the area. By 1834, Ellijay was declared the county seat of the newly formed Gilmer County and today has transformed into a popular city with a focus on tourism. 

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Every year the second and third weekends of October are dedicated to the Georgia Apple Festival held right here in Ellijay. With more than 300 vendors showcasing their food, art, and crafts, the festival attracts visitors from all over the state and beyond. The Georgia Apple Festival is surely one quintessential Ellijay experience you won’t want to miss!

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