A small town South Carolina, Pickens sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is big on Southern charm and hospitality. Enjoy museums, parks, waterfalls, and trails here; not to mention, delicious cuisine!
Step back in time at the Hagood Mill Historic Site. This old grist mill has been restored and maintained for 150 years, allowing visitors to see the traditional workings of the mill plus a blacksmith shop, log cabins and large waterwheel. Nearby are plenty of outdoor trails to wander and explore.
Elsewhere, Pickens County Museum of Art and History was originally an old jail house but nowadays is an impressive museum displaying impressive artifacts. To learn more about the heritage of the area, head to the Fort Hill Plantation and Hopewell Plantation.
For a great hike and photo opportunities, head to Jumping Off Rock, a scenic overlook with incredible views of Lake Jocassee. Table Rock State Park and Glassy Mountain are also beautiful, along with Twin Falls and Devil's Falls State Park. Outdoor enthusiasts really are spoiled for choice with all the nature in Pickens!
Pickens is ideal in the summer, when the weather is warm and conditions are perfect for getting outdoors. Alternatively, plan a visit in April to coincide with the annual Azalea Festival in downtown Pickens.