After leaving Alabama, we headed into the GA mountains area near Ellijay, so we would be able to join our grandson and family for his big birthday present. We are all going to take a train from Blue Ridge, GA across the border into TN. It is only an hour ride one way, but the big thrill is that he will get to ride one way on the engine.
We had first planned on staying in a campground near Ellijay, but after pulling in and checking the place out, we quickly decided to find something else. We ended up at the ACOE Carters Lake campground, which proved to be a beautiful location to spend some time. The lake is said to be the deepest in GA and is well known for fishing.
There is great scenery and places to hike, but there is basically two directions in the campground area-straight up and straight down. We did manage to hike most of campground area with some heavy breathing.
We also checked out the town of Ellijay. It is mostly a tourist stop with the usual assortment of shops and eating places. It also has a college located right in the center of town,