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Ellijay, Georgia Things To Do

Ellijay, Georgia Things To Do

This Gilmer County town is a paradise of forests, rivers and streams, historic ambience and Southern charm. While away the days on a front-porch rocking chair as you gaze upon the Appalachian foothills or stroll quaint streets lined with gracious, grand homes. Ellijay, also home to the Georgia Apple Festival, will definitely capture your heart.

Nestled in the foothills of the legendary Appalachian Mountains, and on the route of the Appalachian Foothills Parkway, Ellijay is a paradise of forests, rivers and streams, historic ambience and Southern charm.

Experience miles of trails for hiking, biking, and camping or stroll the quaint streets lined with homes that are gracious grande dames of a bygone era.

Shops galore, fine dining, a seemingly endless array of recreational activities and a world-renowned Georgia Apple Festival - all within a physical world that will capture your heart.

Expedition: Bigfoot Museum

19473 Highway 515 South

Cherry Log, Georgia


  Your mountain adventure starts here at North Georgia's newest family attraction where entertainment meets education. See the countries largest permanent display of genuine bigfoot artifacts, life sized exhibits, photos, sketches, large up to date sighting maps, and the World's only Bigfoot Research and Tech Vehicle on display. Enjoy The "Sasquatch Theater", browse the Gift shop, or relax in our Bigfoot Reference Library. Join us for a day you will never forget.

The Wine Tasting Room 

at Mountain Treasures

"Complimentary Wine, Shine and Slushy Tastings"

14 North Main Street    Ellijay, Georgia 30540    706-635-559

Welcome to Mountain Treasures, we offer  you a unique shopping experience.  While visiting Mountain Treasures, we offer you a free LOCAL tasting of our Georgia Wineries.  We feature Currahee Vineyards, Engelheim and Chateau Meichtry Family vineyards.

We carry a variety of fine local Georgia wines from Currahee Vineyards, Engelheim and Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyards. Our Currahee Vineyard slushy mixes are cool and refreshing and packed with great flavors including Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach and Strawberry. Stop by for a complimentary tasting and browse our Mountain Treasures store that is filled with a unique blend of apparel, furniture, bedding's, home decor items, taxidermy and much more.

JD's Gem Mining and Antiques

44 North Church Street    Ellijay, GA 30540

"On the Boardwalk"



Antiques, Fine Art, Cabin Decor, Housewares

Furniture, Antique Tools, Collectibles, Unusual Gifts, Appliances 

and much more.

Pan for Gemstones and Fossils

The Gun Pro Shop Exotic Animal Exhibit 

located in the  Talona Village Shopping Center

6116 Highway 515 N    Ellijay, GA 30536    706-698-4867

The Gun Pro Shop team can organize a game hunting trip or safari tour for you in the following locations:   

Saskatchewan, South Africa, Quebec, Mexico, South Dakota, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina  and more.  

You will have a chance to hunt (or photograph if that is your preference) these animals and more:  

Elk, Deer, Caribou, Black Bear, Alligator, Wild Hogs, Javelina, Buffalo, Prong Horn, Wild Turkey, African Game, Exotics and many more.

Stop by our store and explore the incredible and unique taxidermy mounts of exotic animals on display in our Gun Pro Shop Exotic Animal Exhibit.  Come by and see our animal exhibit room and ask about our outfitting services.

Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery

  1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175


We are a family owned and operated winery and vineyard, located in north Georgia wine country. The vineyard lies in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The rolling hills provide a perfect location for growing quality wine grapes. We invite you to come out for a tasting or a glass, while enjoying the beautiful scenery, and on weekends, enjoy live music entertainment from a great array of Georgia musicians every Saturday from 1:30-5:30. See events page for details!!

Engelheim Vineyards

127 Lakeview Road    Ellijay, GA 30540    (706) 635-9463

Engelheim Vineyards focuses on growing outstanding grapes to produce the highest quality of wines. Our objective is to give all glory to God while integrating our German heritage and our Appalachian home. We also hope to honor the original residents of Engelheim, the Cherokee Nation. The owners, Gary and Jan Engel and their family, decided to purchase the land that is now known as Engelheim (German for “Angel Home”) in 2007. After Colonel Engel retired from the Army in 2004 and upon his return from Iraq and Kuwait, they decided to live their dream of living in the North Georgia Mountains to grow the finest quality grapes. The Engel family planted their first vines in 2009 and harvested their first vintage in 2011; Engelheim Vineyards has been going strong ever since.

For the Engel family, it is about quality of life and touching other lives. Gary’s love for and family heritage of farming has driven the Engels to establish the vineyards, a tasting lodge, and the winery. Their dream also focuses upon building a future for their family.

Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery

201 Vineyard Way,   Jasper, GA. 30134    706-692-WINE 

We welcome you to visit us and would be honored to have you as our guest! 
​Our boutique vineyard is nestled up against the southeast side of Burnt Mountain in picturesque Pickens County, Georgia. Fainting Goat is a family owned Vineyard and Winery created by a passion for great wine and a love for the earth.
Fainting Goat’s exquisite vineyard offers handcrafted wines grown from the finest certified French vines. Our wine list boasts a range of full bodied reds, crisp, fruity whites and sweet blends.
Take a glass of wine and enjoy the scenic mountain-view from our 50 foot Veranda. Or stay inside and enjoy the spacious 30 foot ceilings permeated with live music. Floor to ceiling windows allow all guests to appreciate the panoramic views regardless if seated in the Loft or tasting at the bar. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces make tasting at Fainting Goat perfect regardless of season. Come for the wine, stay for the view. We look forward to enjoying a glass with you soon!

Cartecay Vineyards

5704 Clear Creek Road    Ellijay, GA 30536    706-698-9463 (WINE)

Cartecay Vineyards is located in Ellijay, GA, situated in the Eastern part of Gilmer County, in the Cartecay region.

The Southern Appalachians in North Georgia are ideal for growing wine grapes. The elevation, the soil and the climate combine to produce wine grapes of the highest quality and subsequently, fine wines.
Cartecay Vineyards has Western facing slopes, which allow for the vines to receive maximum sun exposure, elevations ranging from 1650 ft. to 1750 ft., sloping landscapes to help keep the vines' "feet" dry and clay loam soils, which are conductive to growing grapes.
Cartecay Vineyards was planted in the Spring of 2008 with two varieties, Vidal Blanc and Merlot. Since 2008 four more varieties have been planted; Traminette, Norton (Cynthiana), Catawba and Cabernet Sauvignon, with more planned.

Ellijay River Vineyards

111 River Birch Lane

Ellijay, GA 30540


The Ellijay River Vineyards were established in 2010 on almost twenty acres of former crop land, bordering the Ellijay River in the North Georgia mountains. The property is located in the Whitepath area of Gilmer County between the towns of Ellijay and Cherry Log, at an elevation of 1400 feet above sea level. The vineyard is sited on a gently sloping hill facing South, on mostly sandy soils on the inside of a bend in the Ellijay River.

Mack Aaron's Apple House

8955 Higway 52 East    Ellijay, GA 30536    706-2733600

The Aaron family heartily welcomes you to visit and browse! We take pride in offering the third generation of personalized service and a friendly, helpful atmosphere. 

Mack Aaron's Apple House has a history of expertise in growing apples in Gilmer County that dates back to 1944. Bill's father, Mack, was only 4 years old when his parents, Otis Shafter Aaron and Reba Ellis Aaron purchased a farm of over 200 acres from Bob Ayers to produce apples for both commercial and retail sales. Popular apples of the time have included Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Ben Davis, Shockley, Limbertwig and Detroit Reds, Arkansas Blacks, Yates, and Gilmer Pippin.     Some of these varieties have been replaced with heartier, more popular ones. We are continuing to improve our products. We have planted over 1500 new apple trees of varieties such as September Wonder (Fuji), Pink Ladys, Honeycrisp, Blondees and Cameos.

In addition to apples, peaches and nectarines, we also offer several other types of produce as well as a multitude of tasty goodies ready to enjoy.  Special care is given to the delicious hand made fried pies. You are guaranteed to find at least 11 varieties to choose from! Come by soon and pick your favorites!

Talking Rock General

5119 Highway 136 W    Talking Rock, GA 30175    706-253-4367

The Talking Rock General Store is located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. We invite you to visit and try your luck in our Gemstone Mining sluiceways or strike it big Gold Panning. We have two mining sluices capable of holding up to 50 gemstone miners and a gold panning trough that will hold up to 25 people. Both areas are outdoor and are covered while offering a fresh breeze from fans to keep you cool and comfortable while you treasure hunt!