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About Ellijay, Georgia

Ellijay is the anglicized form of the Cherokee name Elatseyi, meaning "new ground".[4][5]

Gilmer County was cut from Cherokee County in 1832, and Ellijay became the county seat in 1834. Ellijay existed as a remote mountain community until the Marietta and Northern Georgia Railroad (later the L and N) arrived in 1884. This prompted something of a boom in the timber industry, but the area remained relatively isolated until the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway (Georgia 515; named for Georgia governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller) was completed in 1991. The city holds an annual Apple Festival in October, and Gilmer County is known as the 'Apple Capital of Georgia'. The Apple Festival is a nationally recognized festival that occurs on the 2nd and 3rd weekends of October. Tourists from as far as Hawaii and Alaska come to try Ellijay's world famous apples and other vendors' apple products.Ellijay lies where two rivers, the Ellijay and the Cartecay, come together to form the Coosawattee River

Ellijay & North Georgia Cabin Rentals


Mountain Memories Cabin Rentals is located in the beautiful town of Ellijay Georgia. Just a little over an hour from the city of Atlanta, but miles away from the hustle and bustle of the big city life. We have a wide variety of cabin rentals in Ellijay for you to discover, ranging from cabins with mountain views, to water front cabins, to secluded cabins with the feel of being deep in the forests of North Georgia. We have resort cabins with amenities that every member of your family is sure to enjoy, with swimming pools, fishing ponds and river tubing. The local scene is also one to cherish. The restaurants and antique shops in Historic Downtown Ellijay make for one of Ellijay's favorite vacation attractions. Also, the outdoor activities in the North Georgia mountains are limitless!!!!

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Things To Do In Ellijay

From hiking to biking, tubing to canoeing, fishing to boating, Gilmer County hosts an array of outdoor activities for every enthusiast. There are multiple trails all around the county that serve all levels of expertise. We have The Cartecay River, Toccoa River, The Coosawattee River and Carters Lake. And the Ocoee River and Nantahala aren't too far if you prefer some heavier rapids. Amicalola Falls and Fort Mountain State Park are right around the corner. Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to make some MOUNTAIN MEMORIES!!!

Cabin of the Month

Birch Tree Cabin/Indoor Hot Tub

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Birch Tree Cabin has just improved its master suite with a Dreamfoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams Short Crazy Quilt Pillow Top Mattress. Along with the brand new mattress there is also a new comforter set and bedding. So come be the first to try this amazing new mattress and bedding!

Birch Tree Cabin is a secluded one bedroom cabin located just a few minutes from Historic downtown Ellijay.  This one-level cabin (just two easy steps and parking right at your front door)  is just what you need for that quiet weekend away.  The master bedroom offers a queen bed with flat screen TV and DVD player and access to a very cozy screened in porch.  The living room has a sleeper sofa facing a wood burning fireplace (wood provided October – March), another TV and DVD player and even a record player (WIFI too) and more access to the screened in porch. The flat screen can be enjoyed from the couch or the hot tub. The indoor hot tub room is quite unique with stone walls, floors and a skylite for natural lighting. There is a well-equipped kitchen for whipping up your favorite meals and a charcoal grill on the front porch. Central heating and air plus ceiling fans throughout to keep you comfortable. 
Conveniently located just west of downtown Ellijay, the last mile is gravel but no 4wd required, and only an hour from Atlanta and Chattanooga.  Shopping and restaurants are just five minutes away.  Everything from waterfalls to wineries with day trips to Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, Amicalola Falls State Park, Ocoee whitewater rafting, apple orchards and miles of hiking and biking trails all right in your back yard.  So come on up to Birch Tree and make some Mountain Memories!