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The North Georgia mountain town of Ellijay is quintessentially charming, welcoming visitors with its hiking trails and lake. Heritage Apple Orchard has deemed Ellijay Georgia’s Apple Capital and their annual Apple Festival is held there in October every year drawing thousands of visitors. Settled in the 1830s, it was a remote area until the arrival of the Marietta and Northern Georgia Railroad brought in the timber industry and now is a booming visitor and resort among a popular bustling North Georgia Mountain community.

Ellijay (formerly spelled “Elejoy) is an anglicized form or transliteration of the Cherokee name Elatseyi, meaning “new ground.” Some sources say it means green place and other locals would say it means “land of three rivers, or “land of many waters” referring to the Ellijay River, Cartecay River, and the Coosawatee River. The Cartecay River flows 19 miles through Ellijay from the headwaters in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Here the Cartecay and the Ellijay Rivers unite and become part of the Coosewatee River watershed becoming Carter Lake.

The charming downtown Ellijay invites visitors to shops, restaurants, coffee shops, antiques, and small-town festivals throughout the year. For those that want to hike, zip line, fish, hiking, biking, camping, or just a weekend or lifetime in the mountains, it’s a place folks love to call “home”.

Real estate abounds with rental cabins to large land estates. The real estate market has been extremely popular since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lots of folks from all over the country are coming to Ellijay for a slower pace of life and gorgeous mountain properties ranging from cabins to large estates. As they say in real estate “they just don’t make more land”.

Looking for a “lifestyle” change. Take a look at Ellijay!

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