What do you wan to do? It is over an hour to drive from Ellijay to the aquarium. This says you may want to go far to see and do. The aquarium is an excellent choice though. There is lots to do in and around Ellijay. A peaceful walk in the downtown area of Ellijay and or Blue Ridge. Or are you the the ones that want to do river rafting and intense hiking. Lots of shops, fishing, hiking, restaurants, fly fishing, wine tasting, apples and apple pies and cider, one of the last remaining drive-in theaters, and of course the mountains.
Your cabin is in Coosawattee so it will be paved roads and a gated community.
Ideas that quickly come to mind that you can research...
Route 53 is Apple country. At least 7 or 8 orchards, some with corn mazes, at least one with a petting zoo.
Burt's Pumpkin farm (right around the corner)
Amicalola Falls St. Park
downtown Dahlonega (another neat downtown to wander around)
Gold mine tours in Dahlonega.
There is a scenic train ride running from Blue Ridge.
hiking, drive around a bit and you'll find yourself crossing the Appalachian Trail a few times.
Gibbs Garden, though a bit expensive for a 1 day visit, plus may not be very interesting to a 4 yr old, but then again,...
Thanks everyone!! These are great.
Most all of the apple houses are closed. R&A, Panorama and Merciers outside of Blue Ridge are the only ones open at this time I believe. Our favorite is Panorama, South of Walmart on 515. Great fried pies, fudge, Cider, baked goods and of course apples. Burt's I believe is open but I don't think the pumpkins are available until the 1st of September. Great choice as Kevin mentioned would be the Blue Ridge Scenic railroad. You have to at least once.
Jake, wouldn't the orchards along Rt 53 be open in Sept? I've never quite noticed when they open or when a apple crops come in. You are probably right, best to call ahead.
Another thing, since you'll be here in Sept is swimming. Air temps will be hot and the water should still be warmish. Several state parks with ponds and you might get directions locally to some nice spots along the rivers and streams.Edited: 27 June 2015, 15:29
Well, I need to read more and look less. Yes, apple houses will be open, and Burt's will look like a pumpkin farm ought to look. Sorry, I'll read better.
Visit Panorama Orchards, on 515 going into town. Black Bear Antiques is a good way to pass the time. If you come in Oct, you can catch the apple blossom festival. There is always something going on there. Check chamber of commerce website for a list of events
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