Ellijay, GA: Apples & Orchards

You Can’t think of apples without thinking of Ellijay. Gilmer County is the Apple Capital of Georgia. We have really good apples. But apples aren’t the only fresh food grown in these parts.   A great variety of vegetables and fruits are harvested right here. Many Growers have stores where you can see the variety they have to offer for sale.   In most cases, the orchard is connected to the store.

Ellijay is home to no fewer than eleven apple orchards, so whether you like your apples sweet, tart, golden, or rosy, you’re sure to find the perfect locally-grown treat! Apples are always in season from August through November, and Ellijay is proud to host the Georgia Apple Festival every year.

The Georgia Apple Festival takes place the second and third weekends in October, drawing thousands of visitors to taste apple fritters, apple pie, caramelized apples, and more! You can’t miss the renowned Arts & Crafts fair with work from over 300 artists and artisans. The festival also features the Apple Classic Auto Show, the Apple Festival 5K Road Race, and the Apple Festival Parade. The festivities are organized by The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County.

Featured Apple Orchards

R&A Orchards

5505 HWY 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536 Ph: 706-273-3821 Hours: Sunday – Saturday 9:00AM – 6:00PM Located 4.5 miles east of Ellijay in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, this family-owned orchard and market is open year round. It’s beginning dates back to 1947. 60 acres of apples, 10 of peaches and nectarines not to mention…

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The Loving Bull

The Loving Bull is a must-see store for the ladies. Being of the top 10 vintage stores in Ellijay, Ga it lives up to its name by providing clothing, jewelry, and much more. Find us on Facebook

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Mountain Treasures

Mountain Treasures is a unique shop with rustic furnishings, ladies apparel, Kavu, Holly Jones’ art, jewelry, and candles. Enjoy your time here while you taste locally made wine right in the store while you shop. Find us on Facebook

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Cartecay River Trading Company

Cartecay River Trading Company is a great place to shop for authentic items from Ellijay.  The store is located in the foothills of Appalachia Mountains near the Cartecay River. Tee shirts, collectibles, and folk art are just a few of the items you will find. It is the only place in Ellijay where you can find “LIJ”…

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Cartecay Bike Shop

Ellijay Cartecay Bike Shop is the place to go for all things cycling. They are a full-service bicycle shop in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains and are bordered by the vast Cohutta Wilderness. They offer you a full spectrum cycling experience from bikes, parts, repairs, and anything else you will need.

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Aaron’s Apple House

Come for the apples, but visit the goats while you’re at it! Aaron’s family business grows some of the best apple varieties in the Ellijay area: Gala, Detroit Red, the Rome Beauty, and many more!

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Hillcrest Orchards and Farms

Home to the south’s first Apple Tree Maze! Come on the weekend to pick your own apples. There is more fun for the whole family with a petting farm, wagon rides, a playground, bakery, and farmhouse museum. Hillcrest Orchards grows over seventeen varieties of apple, so you’re sure to discover a new favorite!

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BJ Reece Orchards

You can pick your own apples any day of the week at BJ Reece Orchards! Taste all the varieties first in the apple house. On the weekends, visit BJ Reece to try cow-milking and ziplining as well.

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Here are more Orchards that we know you will enjoy!

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