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Boating, shopping, fishing, rafting, tubing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and golfing are among popular activities for local residents and visitors. State recreation areas within a short distance of Ellijay are Carters Lake (12 miles), Amicalola Falls State Park (20 miles), and Fort Mountain State Park (20 miles). Two wildlife management areas, the Cohutta Wilderness and the Rich Mountain Wilderness, as well as National Forest recreation areas provide space for outdoor enthusiasts. A public golf course also welcomes visitors for an afternoon on the green. In the fall, you will enjoy sampling tasty apple treats from the many orchards located here in the Apple Capitol of Georgia. There is definitely something for everyone to see and do in Ellijay.
Appalachian Trail - A wilderness public footpath that extends from Georgia to Maine and winds through scenic, wooded, pastoral and culturally resonant lands across 2,155 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridgelines. Primarily used for day hikes, adventurers have been known to pack the entire route. Located in the North Georgia Mountains.
706-635-7400 / Fax: 706-635-7410 

Cohutta Wildlife Management Area - Hiking, camping and fishing are all available; located in the North Georgia Mountains. Open daily.
706-635-7400 / Fax: 706-635-7410 

Hillcrest Orchards Lots of fun for everyone!! Activities during the fall season September 1 - November 30 include wagon rides through the orchard, a walking nature trail along the creek and a petting farm. Young and old alike love our 50-foot slide in the playground, cornfield maze, old country farmhouse; hop on a tractor and get your picture made. We are open 9am 6pm daily and located at 9696 Hwy 52 East.
706-273-3838 / Fax: 706-273-3888 

Olde Downtown Square - Located in the quaint setting of downtown Ellijay is the local Town Square (round-a-bout). Surrounded by antique stores and malls along with collectible and specialty shops. 706-635-7400 / Fax: 706-635-7410
Rich Mountain Wildlife Area Explore this 9,000-acres of wilderness. The challenge of the mountain range is long remembered by hikers, campers and hunters. The Wildlife Area is found at Rich Mountain.
706-635-7400 

River Park - A picturesque recreation complex can be found on the banks of the Coosawattee River; the park offers picnic, tennis, and swimming and seasonal sports facilities. Located at 1363 S. Main Street.
706-635-7700 / Fax: 706-635-7770

Fort Mountain State Park - Fort Mountain derives its name from an ancient 855-foot-long rock wall that stands on the highest point of the mountain. Situated in the Chattahoochee National Forest close to the Cohutta Wilderness area, this park offers a variety of outdoor activities for all to enjoy. During the summer, children will enjoy the sand beach located on a clear mountain lake. Located at 181 Fort Mountain Park Road.
706-695-2621 / Fax: 706-517-3520