Where You Can Come & Make Mountain Memories!
Talking Rock, in Pickens County, is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is served by State Highways 5, 108, 53, 136, 382, 369, and Interstate 575, only 60 miles north of Atlanta.
Indians were the first residents of the area and were known to have mined both marble and quartz at least 5,000 years ago. Legendary accounts are given about the naming of Talking Rock. One story is of an unusual echo that was supposed to come from a nearby rock cliff.
Another story tells about a rock with which some of the Cherokees played a trick on one another. Pickens County, created in 1853, was named after General Andrew Pickens, a Revolutionary War hero. By the early 1900s, local marble quarries were in operation under the direction of Colonel Sam Tate. From Henry Fitzsimmons' marble discovery through Colonel Tate's day and to the present time, marble continues to play an important role in the economic status of the county.
Georgia's climate is influenced by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as well as Canadian air currents. The northern part of the state can be somewhat cold in the winter and is subject to storms and moderate snowfall. Northern summers are quite hot and humid with some days topping 100 degrees. The southern part is relatively warm year-round, with very mild winters. Summers are as hot as in the north, but temperatures are cooler along the coast.
An abundance of local talent makes for a lively local arts community in Pickens County. The Marble Festival features an outstanding marble sculpture show and competition. The Marble Valley Historical Society is dedicated to raising funds for preserving the area's rich history. Other cultural and artistic organizations include the Tater Patch Players, the Sassafras Literary Exchange, the Sharptop Mountain Arts and Crafts Association and more.
Pickens County offers an outstanding public school system, premier vocational-technical college and 4-year liberal arts college. The Pickens County School System pioneered the first Head Start program in the United States and offers 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and a high school. The Appalachian Technical College, Reinhardt College, North Georgia College and State University also serve area needs.
Mountainside Medical Center provides prime healthcare services. It also has an emergency room, Intensive Care Unit, Women's Services, surgical suites and more.
Pickens County offers numerous opportunities for fishing, sports, boating, hiking, camping and horseback riding. The mountains in the county mark the beginning of the Appalachians, the oldest mountain range in the world. Hikers will find some of the best trails in the world right here. Resort communities provide recreational amenities and include 18-hole golf courses, tennis, swimming and more. Carters Lake, Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier are nearby and Fort Mountain State Park is tucked away in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
We feel like we've hardly touched on the many things that make this a great community to live, retire or grow up in. This is one of those "must-see" areas of the United States that words cannot fully describe. Stop by our United Country office today and take a look around. We know that you'll love it here.