Ellijay cabin review: Cliffhanger Cabin from Wilderness View Cabins
The two story, two bedroom & two bath Cliffhanger cabin is open, modern and airy, dog-friendly, and features stunning views from its great areas for outdoor relaxation. And the cabin is located near some of our favorite North Georgia hiking and mountain biking trails, making the Cliffhanger a great weekend getaway.
Fresh air, meals on the grill, nighttime campfires and see-forever views: it’s amazing how a mountain cabin weekend can rejuvenate the spirit and provide a much-needed escape from city life.
Perched high on an overlook with lofty 180-degree views of the Cohutta Wilderness, the Cliffhanger cabin near Fort Mountain State Park is an outstanding, secluded North Georgia mountain getaway. Views from the wrap-around deck are simply beautiful, nearby hiking options are plentiful, and the cabin’s interior is airy and light-filled: it’s an all-around fantastic cabin for a North Georgia getaway.
Cliffhanger Cabin: Overview & Location
Cliffhanger is a two story, two bed, two bath cabin set on 17 acres. It’s located in the prime area south of the Cohutta Wilderness between Ellijay and Chatsworth, near some of our favorite North Georgia hiking trails. The cabin makes a fantastic base camp for a weekend of hiking and adventure, but it’s equally perfect for a relaxing getaway. With incredible views from a wrap-around porch and ample amenities, the Cliffhanger is a great destination for a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend in the mountains.
Cliffhanger Cabin: Our North Georgia Cabin Review
We were lucky to snag a last-minute Cliffhanger cabin rental over Memorial Day weekend as a quick break from the city and a much-needed escape to the mountains. After a quick 90 minute drive from Atlanta and up a winding, scenic highway to Fort Mountain’s summit, we entered the gated property and wound down on a gravel road to the cabin’s lot, set deep on the property.
We entered the cabin, greeted by an open and light-filled first floor. Cathedral ceilings and a front-facing wall of windows make the cabin’s space seem airy and connected to the beautiful, natural outdoor landscape. And the cabin’s decor beautifully blends modern with rustic.
The spacious kitchen features gas burning appliances, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and full-size washer and dryer. The cabin’s open-concept space flows into the dining area, with a table for 6 and wet bar with a sink that’s perfect for prepping drinks and snacks. Adjacent to the dining area is a comfortable living room area with cozy leather seating, flat screen TV, and wood burning fireplace. While we didn’t touch the TV (there’s just much more at this cabin to do!), we did take advantage of the cabin’s reliable high-speed internet to scout out some new nearby hikes.
With two king sized beds, a day bed and two full baths, the Cliffhanger is a versatile cabin, perfect for one to two couples or a small group of family or friends.
The cabin features two generous bedrooms, one on each floor for great guest privacy. Both bedrooms feature king sized beds, ample storage for clothes and outdoor gear and two large windows to let fresh mountain breezes flow through the rooms at night.
Each bedroom also features a full bath, equipped with soft towels and travel-size toiletries. The first-floor bathroom features a walk-in, glass-enclosed shower wrapped in stone with and an artistic tile mosaic, and upstairs, the bath features a shower/tub combo.
And when it’s time for some indoor fun, the cabin’s lofted second features a foosball table and day bed.
While the rustic, spacious interior of the cabin is comfy and airy, the property’s most striking feature is the setting – and the Cliffhanger makes good use of the property with great areas for outdoor relaxation.
Nestled on 17 acres of steep, lushly forested terrain, the property feels very private, quiet and secluded. Hardwood trees, mountain laurel, fern and a variety of native plants and trees surround the cabin. Set high in elevation on Fort Mountain, cabin’s views of the lush, green, rolling mountains are breathtaking. Every day of our stay, we relaxed for hours and enjoyed the stunning view from the cabin’s generous wrap-around deck in a rocking chair. The cabin also features an on-deck hot tub to soak in the view.
The outdoor cooking areas feature a propane grill on the cabin’s deck and a cooking-grate-equipped fire pit surrounded by lounge chairs just off the deck. We loved grilling over the fire each night, savoring the smoky, wood-grilled flavor of our meals cooked over the open flame. Surrounded by a large metal ring, the fire pit was also perfect for toasting some must-have nighttime s’mores, washed back with a few cold brews. And after a full day’s adventure and a tasty campfire meal, the Cliffhanger’s bedrooms are but a few steps away, offering a recharge for another day of North Georgia adventure.
Our favorite nearby hiking trails
Nestled just south of the Cohutta Wilderness, the Cliffhanger offers a ton of nearby outdoor adventure. Check out the nearby trails at Fort Mountain State Park to hike a kid-friendly, 1.6-mile loop to stunning overlook views, a historical, castle-like tower and an ancient, mysterious rock wall. Fort Mountain State Park also offers the longer, and more challenging Gahuti Trail, an 8.2-miler that hikes to gorgeous overlook views and a tumbling waterfall.
The nearby Bear Creek Trail is a popular mountain biking and hiking trail that treks a shaded, fern-filled creek valley to enormous-trunked Gannett Poplar, the second largest living tree in Georgia. And to the north, the remote, lush Cohutta Wilderness offers some of our favorite hiking trails in Georgia. The Conasauga River Trail meanders along, and through, its namesake, crystal-clear river – a splashy, wet, hot-weather-worthy 13-mile hike with 38 river crossings. And the Beech Bottom Trail and Jacks River Trail hike to the thundering, towering Jacks River Falls, one of the most ruggedly beautiful (and remote) waterfalls in Georgia.
The Cliffhanger Cabin: Bottom Line
The Cliffhanger cabin’s interior is beautifully open and airy, and it boasts beautiful views and great amenities in a rustic and secluded setting. While it’s a relatively short (and scenic) drive from Atlanta or Chattanooga, the cabin’s generously-sized property made us feel worlds away from the city. And just a close drive to some of our favorite North Georgia hiking destinations, the Cliffhanger is equally perfect for a quiet weekend in the mountains or an active, hiking-filled getaway. We can’t wait to return.
We weren’t paid or compensated for this cabin review in any way, and all opinions above are our own, based on our stay at the Cliffhanger cabin.