Talking Rock Nature Park

Southeastern Trust's First Nature Park

Pickens County, GA
Gilmer County, GA
Year Acquired
220 acres

Talking Rock Nature Park was the first large scale project which exemplifies our vision of a park: a place that has a low impact on the environment with passive recreation consisting primarily of natural trail-based recreation for hiking, biking, birdwatching, and the quiet enjoyment of nature on conserved land with active environmental stewardship and nature education-based community programming. Past environmental stewardship efforts include installing an apiary, chimney swift tower, bat boxes, various bird houses, and a shaded pavilion to draw in wildlife and park users. Many local and state partners were instrumental in making these projects a reality.

Future work will involve restoring native meadow habitat and transitioning the surrounding area from planted pine to the native pine/ hardwood ecosystem originally found on the property through partnerships with neighboring academic institutions, training the next generation of conservationists. We hope to reintroduce prescribed fire to certain patches of Talking Rock Nature Park to aid in ecosystem function and increase the biodiversity of the property.

In conjunction with Reinhardt University Department of Biological Sciences and other institutions, we will be hosting several BioBlitz events starting in 2024 and beyond.

Talking Rock Nature Park boasts approximately 11 miles of multi-use trails, built by veteran trail builder and friend, Ken Nix. These are used by bikers, runners, walkers, hikers, nature lovers, and more.

John’s Trail is a favorite due to its gradual climbs and descents. It’s great for beginner bikers and loved by veteran due to its smooth flow. Other trails have a similar feel, but ride faster. Pickens and Grinnin’ are loved by hikers looking for a little more rugged terrain.

Picnic tables and benches are spread throughout the park to stop and take in the scenery and absorb yourself in nature.

Talking Rock Nature Park has become an important part of the community. Groups of runners, walkers, bikers, cycling teams, Scouts, and more meet regularly and participate in events at the Park. Check out our Facebook page for posts about groups that meet at the park.

If you are interested in hosting an event at the park, please reach out to us at

Talking Rock Nature Park Facebook page

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Talking Rock Nature Park is located at 1846 Carns Mill Rd, Talking Rock, GA 30175.

From Atlanta, travel north on Interstate 575 and continue on 515 (Zell Miller Parkway). Turn left onto Carnes Mill Road.