Historic Sites

Chieftain's Trail

A tour of local Native American sites; call Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce for information, 706-635-7400.

Ellijay City Cemetery

Best panoramic views of the city, valley and mountains; South of the Square in Ellijay.

Fort Mountain

Prehistoric rock formations; Highway 52 West.

Old Cartecay United Methodist Church

Est. 1834, oldest Methodist Church in North Georgia, call 706-276-3703 to arrange a tour; Highway 52 East and Roy Road.

Downtown Ellijay

The quaint square is lined with historic buildings, antique, craft, and gift shops, as well as eateries of all kinds, and don't miss the Dr. Watkins Residence.

Kell Farm

Built in 1867 by James Kell, the farm is occupied by his descendants. A marker in the cemetery commemorates Kell's Revolutionary War exploits.

Tabor House/Gilmer County Historical Society


Places to Visit

The Pink Pig

Jimmy Carter's favorite barbecue place offers delicious food and unique atmosphere with photos of the famous and not-so-famous interspersed among pig memorabilia. Highway 515 North, Cherry Log.

River Park

A picturesque recreation complex on the banks of the Coosawattee River, the park offers picnic areas, tennis courts, and a walking trail. Old Highway 5 South, along the Coosawattee River, South of the Dairy Queen.

Colonel Poole's Pig Hill of Fame

A favorite stomping ground for local and national celebrities, the Pig Hill of Fame offers barbecue and a chance to immortalize your name on the fabled hillside. Craig Street, East Ellijay.

Apple Orchard Alley

Eleven of the county's 18 apple orchards are spread across the picturesque valley along State Highway 52. Other orchards dot the county's valleys and hillsides. Pick up a map at the Chamber Office.

Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary

Call 706-276-2980 for reservations.

Adventure Trail Rides


Fort Mountain Stables


R & A Orchards


Benton MacKaye Trail Association


Cartecay River Experience, LLC


Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way


Carters Lake Marina & Resort


Cartecay Vineyards, LLC


Noontootla Creek Farms


Penland Apple House

Hwy 282, 706-635-5100

Penland Apple House

Hwy 515, 706-635-5110

Red Apple Barn


B.J. Reece Apple House


Hillcrest Orchards


Panorama Orchards, Inc.


Cherokee Valley Ranch


Mountain Valley Farm