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Vacation in Pickens County - Georgia

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Area Overview

Pickens County, Georgia is a welcoming getaway to the North Georgia Mountains that's surrounded by nature, rich in history, and offers endless opportunities to explore. Breath in the fresh Appalachian air, then set out to discover Pickens County's treasures. From a past rooted in Native American lore and the "white gold" of the area's famed marble mines to shopping for antiques and artisan gifts, dining on locally sourced edibles, and sipping the nectar of our hometown wineries, you'll enjoy exploring the rural landscapes and historic towns of this North Georgia Mountain hideaway.

Includes Cities/Towns: Jasper, Marble Hill, Talking Rock, Tate.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Pickens County Georgia is the Marble Capital of Georgia, and by some accounts considered to be the marble capital of the world. Marble mined from the Georgia Marble Quarry is found in prominent cities, including Washington DC and New York City. A Georgia Marble Museum details the history of Georgia's marble and is open to the public. Tours of the quarry are held once a year at Pickens County's Georgia Marble Festival, held the first weekend in October. The county will host its 36th Marble Festival in October 2016. Other fall festivals include the Sheriff's Jeep Fest which registers more than 2,000 jeep participants from all over the country; Heritage Days in quaint Talking Rock; and Tate Days annual festival. Pickens County is surrounded by a backdrop of mountains that attracts hikers, bikers, and visitors who enjoy its southern charm, hospitality, and fresh, clean air. Just a short drive from Atlanta!

Cultural Activities

In historic Pickens County, follow the Trail of Tears (the forced removal of the Cherokee Indians to western reservations). See the tools and visit the homes of its earliest North Georgia settlers. Learn about North Georgia's mountain culture. Be surprised how Georgia marble shapes your life. While it was used to construct the Lincoln Memorial and marble columns for the U.S. Capitol, you may also have put marble in your mouth this morning as an essential ingredient in toothpaste. Tour the "only jail you'll want to visit" - complete with gallows. Visit the one room schoolhouse and teaching museum, eat in the old theater, stay at a 19th century inn. Take a downtown historic walking tour that includes ten of Jasper's most historic buildings. The city has a fine example of old architecture, making downtown Main Street quiet charming.


Attend an event, wedding, or tour the Tate House. Named one of the top "must see" places in Georgia by Georgia Magazine, the beautiful pink marble mansion, listed as the Pink Palace on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the most photographed private homes in Georgia.
Wine Tastings! Visit the vineyard, taste the fine wines, and enjoy fun and organized events at vineyards and wineries in Pickens County. Five vineyards in and bordering Pickens County form the heart of Ellijay Wine Country.
In the mountains of North Georgia, bordering Cherokee and Pickens counties is a world-class destination garden just waiting to be discovered. 220 acres of artistically landscaped gardens set in Georgia's rolling hills, surrounded by majestic forest, spring fed ponds, streams, waterfalls, and bridge crossings.
And finally, spectacular scenery and hiking trails make Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge one of Georgia's most popular state parks. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Driving over Burnt Mountain in Pickens County to Amicalola Falls is breathtaking!


Pickens County is approximately 60 miles north of the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport or approximately 60 miles south of the Chattanooga Airport. A regional Pickens County airport is also located in Jasper.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  29.1  38.1  47.1  6.2 "
 February  31.6  41.9  52.1  5.3 "
 March  39.0  49.7  60.4  6.6 "
 April  45.5  57.2  68.9  5.1 "
 May  53.9  65.0  76.0  4.8 "
 June  61.7  72.0  82.4  4.6 "
 July  65.6  75.7  85.7  5.3 "
 August  64.7  74.7  84.6  4.8 "
 September  58.9  69.0  79.2  4.0 "
 October  47.4  58.4  69.3  4.0 "
 November  39.6  49.5  59.4  5.0 "
 December  32.6  41.5  50.4  5.0 "

Best Time To Go:

Fall and spring.

The fall in North Georgia is stunning! October celebrates the spectacular color change of the mountain leaves. Fall festivals are popular in September and October while the weather is warm but not hot, cool but not chilly. Perfect for outdoor activities including walking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more! The temperature in Pickens County and the North Georgia mountains is typically ten degrees less than in the city.


Visitors have a variety of choices in and around Pickens County for spending the night, a week, or longer. Whether you choose a cozy bed-and-breakfast inn, a modern hotel, a comfortable rental cabin, or a tent in the woods, Pickens County lodgings are available. Walking in downtown or in Pickens County's numerous parks is stress-free or you may choose to hike a mountain for more adventure. You are not in city traffic in Pickens County!


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