North Georgia doesn’t lack in fun outdoor activities for all ages.  The hard part will be deciding on what to do and finding enough time to do everything you want.  If you’re looking for a weekend of fun to pair with your weekend visit to the orchard consider some outdoor fun.

North Georgia Lakes

North Georgia has unmatched lake systems worth the visit and all offer plenty of fun for all.  Lake Lanier is the home to millions of visitors a year and offers camping, fishing, watersports fun and even mountain biking around the lake.  If you’re looking to stay closer to Ellijay, Carter’s Lake and Blue Ridge Lake are a short drive from town and also offer unmatched views, fishing, picnic areas and even cabins.

Cartecay River

One of the most beautiful places in the area is the Cartecay River.  Boasting Class II and III rapids, the Cartecay is the perfect spot for recreational tubing, canoeing and kayaking.  Many outfitters located in Ellijay are on hand to provide you and your family with boats, paddles, tubes and gear for a safe trip down the Cartecay. There are also ample opportunities to join a guided tour complete with all the gear you need and an experienced Cartecay River guide.  The Cartecay River is marked by periodic rapids in between large stretches of calm water. So while you’re meandering down river at a leisurely pace, be sure to take a few minutes and look around.  Also, there are plenty of camping opportunities along the river if you looking for a quite nights rest outdoors.

Cycling

If you’re looking for mountain bike trails, a great place to start is Mulberry Gap, one of the most popular mountain bike locations in Ellijay.  With more than 80 miles of trails available for all skill levels including Pinhoti, Windy Gap and Bear Creek Trail, one of the oldest and most visited trails in Georgia, you’ll find your perfect fit.  After you spend the day on the trails you can pay the orchard a visit for fresh bakes goods and apples picked fresh from the orchard.

If you’re a road going cyclist you’ll find the miles quickly passing by with the views in and around Ellijay.  For the more adventurous riders venture into the North Georgia Mountains and see what “six gap” does to challenge you.  This area is known for some of the hardest riding and races in the southeast  and can be a challenge to cyclists of all ages.  Just save room for some of our apples afterwards or stop by mid-ride.