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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




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"Wonderful Excursion We had a wonderful time at this cabin. Though our visit was short we did as much as we could in close proximity ..."
---Marisol R, Ozark, AL
"Peaceful Relaxing Stay Fantastic Quiet and relaxing stay. Great weekend getaway and the management was very understanding. Would rec..."
---Peaceful Relaxing Stay, Ellijay, GA
"Fun Getaway Daniel H from Murfreesboro, TN recommends this vacation rental We spent 3 days in early April at Canoe Cabin. We had a ..."
---Daniel H, Murfreesboro, TN
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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 cabins for you to look at, ranging from cabins with mountain view, 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, from swimming pools to fishing ponds to river tubing. The local scene is one to cherish. The restaurants and antique shops in Historic Downtown Ellijay make for one of Ellijay's favorite attractions. The outdoor activities are limitless!!!!


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!!!


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Reserve Riverside Retreat for any dates in September and receive a gift card for lunch on us to Cider Ridge.