Historically Rich Gilmer County

Located in Georgia, Gilmer County is home to 29,400 people and it includes the cities of East Ellijay and Ellijay. The median household income for people living in this area is just over $40,000. Thousands of acres located inside of the County are protected by federal and state lands including:

  • portions of lands that belong to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area
  • Carter’s Lake
  • the Chattahoochee National Forest

Civil War  History

The civil war history of the area is rich because many men in the County enlisted in and served in the Confederate Army. Pro-union soldiers, deserters, and supporters used the difficult terrain in the North Georgia mountains, including in Gilmer County, as a hiding spot.

Some of the major highways that run throughout the County include US Route 76, State Route 2, State Route 5, State Route 15, and State Route 52.

Appalachian Trail

The southern endpoint of the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail is located near north-eastern Gilmer County at Springer Mountain. Furthermore, Gilmer County is also the terminus to the Pinhoti and the Benton MacKaye.

Apple And Mountain Biking Capital

Georgia has named this county not only the apple capital but also the mountain biking capital. In the 1990s it was one of the quickest growing counties in the nation. Capital improvement projects and infrastructure have made it an excellent place for people to come to raise a child as well. Be sure to visit Gilmer County on your next road trip.