Ellijay, Georgia is a popular Southern city that offers breathtaking mountain views and fresh air, easy access to an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, and some of the friendliest residents you’ll ever meet. Book a stay at one of many unforgettable Ellijay vacation rentals—choose from cozy houses surrounded by fruit orchards, vineyards, tranquil creeks, and ponds, to rustic cabins that are only a stroll away from plenty of exciting things to do. If you’re planning a relaxing getaway at this scenic Southern oasis, here are a few places to check out in the city.

1. Coosawattee River, Ellijay

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If you’ve got an adventurous traveler in your group, consider a vacation rental near the Coosawattee River. Hike the surrounding trails, do a little fly-fishing, or sign up for a tubing excursion with the Coosawattee River Tubing Company. Float down the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery, then stop by the company’s general store for some tasty food and cool drinks. If you visit the river on a Saturday, pop by the store after your tubing trip for some live music on the porch.

2. Cherry Log, Ellijay

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Vacation rentals in the Cherry Log neighborhood put you in close proximity to Tater Patch Farm, one of Ellijay’s most popular attractions. Visit the farm and pick your very own potatoes for a fabulous evening feast, or take a walking tour and learn all about the potato growing process. When you’re done the picking for the day, stop by the main farmhouse for a bite to eat, and take advantage of the farm’s riverfront picnic area.

3. Old Bucktown, Ellijay

 Trout
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If you’ve got fishing on your mind and hope to score some amazing trout during your stay, consider a vacation rental in the Old Bucktown area. Sitting just minutes from Tickanetley Creek, Old Bucktown puts you in a position to reel in some of the tastiest trout in the land any time they’re biting. After you’ve spent all day on the river, head over to nearby River Street and cool off at MooBears, a popular staple that offers signature ice cream flavors, such as Eskimo Pie and ?Scouts Honor Mint Cookie.

4. Roberts Ridge, Ellijay

Jacks River falls
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If you’re hoping to spend some quality time splashing around in the water, the Roberts Ridge area is a great vacation rental option. Roberts Ridge sits in close proximity to Jacks River Falls, a popular natural tourist attraction with beautiful scenery and flowing waterfalls that are open for swimming and diving. If you’re feeling adventurous, the highest point of the falls peaks at 20 feet for an amazing dive. Jacks River Falls is also surrounded by several miles of hiking trails if you’re interested in a little recreation that doesn’t include getting wet.

5. Old South Farms, Ellijay

Carters Lake
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The Old South Farms area lies in close proximity to Carters Lake, making this a good vacation rental option if you want to spend some time boating or fishing, or if you’re simply in the mood for some pretty lakefront views. Rent a pontoon boat from the Carters Lake Marina and take a slow cruise along the water, or spend the day fishing off the dock and soaking up the sunshine.

6. Bluffs of Cartecay, Ellijay

Canoeing
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Vacation rentals in the Bluffs of Cartecay offer gorgeous mountain views and put you just minutes away from the Cartecay River. If you’re up for an adventure of a lifetime, sign up for a whitewater canoeing trip with Cartecay River Experience. Splash around the roaring currents in your own canoe, or ride with a skilled guide if you need a little support. When the adrenaline-pumping experience is over, head over to nearby River Street and have a well-deserved burger at the River Street Tavern.

7. Woodland Acres, Ellijay

Golfing
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If golfing is on your vacation agenda, the Woodland Acres community is just a few minutes away from the Whitepath Golf Club, where you’ll find a beautiful course surrounded by mountains at every turn. Play a few rounds on the 8-acre course, then head over to the clubhouse to cool off with a drink and swap stories with fellow vacationers.

8. River Bottom, Ellijay

 Twisty-turny trail
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The River Bottom area is just minutes from the Cartecay River and the Cartecay Loop, a twisty-turny trail with beautiful views, which is perfect for hiking or biking. Pack a picnic and some hiking essentials and spend the day on the trails with the family, or rent a few mountain bikes and take an early morning adventure ride as the sun comes up.

9. Blackberry Mountain, Elijay

Camping at Blackberry Mountain
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If you plan on doing a little outdoor camping during your Ellijay holiday, choose a vacation rental in the Blackberry Mountain area. This community is just a few minutes away from Fort Mountain State Park, one of the most popular camping areas in Ellijay. The park also offers miles of hiking trails and a fishing lake. Camp under the stars and enjoy the glorious mountain views, then wake up early and catch some fish for breakfast.

10. Trail’s End Summit, Ellijay

Minehaha Falls
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If beautiful scenery and hiking are priorities on your vacation rental checklist, choose a place near the Trail’s End Summit. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forests, then explore the wilderness by hiking the Bear Creek Trail, the Tumbling Waters Trail, and the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail, all within the immediate area.