We are building a park in Talking Rock, Georgia!
Talking Rock Nature Preserve provides a vast scenic view that “speaks” to all that take timeout, stop, observe and listen. Your heart, mind and soul will become captivated as you sit among the rocks and scan the pristine landscape allowing your senses to absorb all that abounds. Talking Rock includes 220 acres of natural beauty that provide a glimpse into a multitude of ecosystems, opportunities for environmental education and a diverse mix of passive recreational experiences open to the public.
Talking Rock Nature Preserve was donated to Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL) in 2012. Desiring to preserve the natural land while providing experiences for the general public, STPAL embarked on a park plan visioning and designing phase. A Master Vision Plan has been created and amenities will be implemented in phases and as community support allows. The Vision calls for some opportunities not currently found in Pickens County.
Talking Rock Site Plan includes:
- 12 miles of hiking, biking and multi-use Trails
- Picnic & Play Area
- Picnic tables
- Platforms for chairs and sunshades
- Small shelters
- Areas for Hammocks
- Horseshoe pits
- Toddler Play are
- Native flowing plants
- Adventure Course Trail Zone
- Obstacle course elements
- Various experiences for different ages, skills and fitness levels
- Disc Course
- Interpretive signage and environmental education
- Wildlife habitat projects, i.e. butterfly houses, bee hotels
- Native Plant Gardens
- Pollinator Gardens
Preserve/Park Status Update
The forested preserve provides opportunities to improve unnaturally dense or diverse forest and flora. This preserve has historically been used for timber production. In 2014, a selective tree harvest was completed to improve the health of the forest and create more diverse habitat areas.
The 12 mile trail system has been flagged and is awaiting for construction permitting. Funds have been raised for the first 5 miles of the trail system. These are expected to be completed this fall. Funds raised so far will also allow part of the parking area and a portion of the picnic area to be slated for completion.
Currently two Boy Scout Eagle Projects are underway. There are many Eagle Project opportunities so if you are considering your project and community impact check out our Wish List.
How Can You Help?
A Talking Rock Friends Group is now being formed. As a nonprofit, volunteers and community support are crucial to progression of the park. Friends may help during volunteer workdays, raise funding to support park elements but most importantly, provide input into desired park elements. Your engagement will help Talking Rock to become a best kept secret in the greater Pickens Community.
Donate funds to help provide an element for the park. Naming opportunities are available and information is available by contact STPAL.
Sponsor a wish list item or Boy/Girl scout Eagle or Gold project.
Don’t forget to follow us on FaceBook: Talking Rock park Facebook page!
Location/Directions to Property
The Talking Rock Property (the “Property”) is located adjacent to Old Whitestone Road East and is bisected by Carnes Mill Road. From Atlanta, travel north on Highway 575 and continue on 515 (Zell Miller Parkway). Turn left onto Carnes Mill Road and travel 0.73 miles to the southern property boundary. The Property borders both sides of Carnes Mill Road for an additional 0.5 miles.