The City of Pickens is situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the county seat of Pickens County and is a small business center for a good agricultural and industrial area. The City is approximately 20 miles west of Greenville, South Carolina, 70 miles South of Asheville, North Carolina, and 143 miles Northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. The 2010 population of Pickens was 3,126 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Pickens is convenient to the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway (SC 11) where numerous waterfalls and state parks, including Table Rock and Keowee-Toxaway, attract visitors to the Upstate of South Carolina. Pickens is home to the Pickens County Museum which is located in the historic 1902 county jail. Nearby, just off Highway 178, is the 1826 Hagood Grist Mill. The Azalea Festival is celebrated each spring, featuring a classic car cruise and an arts/crafts show. There are other annual festivals and events as well, like the Blue Ridge Fest and the annual downtown Halloween Trick or Treat.
There are many great improvements being made around town that help demonstrate our desire to bring tourists to our downtown and increase foot traffic for local businesses. While you are in town, take a moment and visit the downtown amphitheater located at 114 West Main Street. In addition, our recreation center located at 545 Sangamo Road is soon to be a major trailhead for Town Creek Bike Park – an off-road BMX-style bike park that is one of a kind!
Finally, stop and take a picture of the train located at the future trailhead of the Doodle Rail Trail. This 8.5 mile abandoned trail bed will soon be a multi-use paved trail that connects our downtown to the City of Easley’s downtown.