Ellijay is a city in Gilmer County, Georgia, United States. The population was 1,619 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Gilmer County.
The city holds an annual Apple Festival in October, and Gilmer County is known as the 'Apple Capital of Georgia'.
Ellijay town center
Location in Gilmer County and the state of Georgia
Ellijay is the anglicized form of the Cherokee name Elatseyi, meaning "new ground".
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.
Ellijay is located at 34°41'41" North, 84°29'1" West (34.694656, -84.483566). According to theUnited States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 km² (2.7 mi²). 6.9 km² (2.7 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
Dalton State College - Gilmer County Center
The Gilmer County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of four elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. There is also Crossroads, which is the alternative school in Ellijay.