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County Formed December 5, 1853
County Seat Jasper
Incorporated Cities Jasper, Nelson and Talking Rock
Total Area 232.670456 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 23368 to its current population estimate of 29997, the county has experienced a growth change of 6629.

Pickens County was named for Andrew Pickens, a South Carolinian who served as a general during the American Revolution (1775-83). In the first decades following its creation, the county gained small tracts from Gilmer County and Cherokee County, while giving land to Dawson, Gordon, and Cherokee counties.

The Civil War (1861-65) divided the county's population for generations; Pickens County contributed men to both the Confederacy and the Union. A local committee protested the state's secession from the Union and raised a U.S. flag at the courthouse in Jasper.

The county's first great era of progress, which began with the railroad, ended with the onset of the Great Depression in 1929. Marble, cotton, and tourism rose and fell as profitable industries. Between 1930 and 1940 the population in the area declined from 9,687 to 9,136. By 1950 Pickens experienced a further decline to 8,855. The county did not grow appreciably until the 1960s, and its fragile economy suffered once again as a result of national recessions in the 1980s. The completion of Georgia 515/Interstate 575 caused a rapid expansion in the county's population and business after 1990, making Pickens County one of the fastest-growing areas in Georgia.

Points of Interest

Pickens County has more remains of the first state highway, the Federal Road, than any other county in Georgia.

Higher Education

Appalachian Technical College

Annual Events

The Jeep Fest is an annual event with an obstacle course, music, food, and fellowship that draws in people from across the US.

Marble fest is a celebration of the history of Pickens County, complete with tours, a carnival, and State Blue Grass Championships.

Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Monument to James Edward Oglethorpe, Jasper

Old Pickens County Jail

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