Georgia On Our Minds
biking paradise. The riders are working
with land managers to build more trails
and doing it with the blessings of the
local, county and state governments.
To prove that commitment, back in
2008, Georgia legislators voted to name
Gilmer County, of which Ellijay is the
county seat, “The Mountain Biking
Capital of Georgia.” The motion was
carried. Now, head to the trails.
Main man: Mike Palmeri is the heart
and soul of the Ellijay mountain bike
community, as well as the owner of
Ellijay’s Cartecay Bike Shop.
Shade and sun: The majority of the trails run
through dense forest so that riders often find
themselves under the forest canopy, protected
from sun and rain.
The king of camo: We almost stepped
on this young copperhead while taking
a break. Use caution if you go off trail to
explore the woods or change a flat.
—Tasty Southern food
—Great bike shop
—Endless numbers of trees
—Green, green, green
We sat down on our last night in Ellijay and jotted down random observations from our stay. The resulting list will give you a great understanding of
this epic destination.
—Native American-named roads
—Polite, respectful kids
—Tropical forest feeling
—Reasonable food prices
—Good, small-town American folk
with big hearts who are proud of
their town. ❏
A GEORGIA STATE OF MIND