Build a Local Mile! Campaign.
Talking Rock Nature Preserve Recreation Area will feature a 12 mile hiking and mountain biking trail system. Each mile of professional designed and constructed trail has an average cost of $25,000. This campaign hopes to raise the funds for 1 mile from the Pickens and Gilmer communities, local users, and trail enthusiasts. Currently there is funding available for the first 5 miles and that work has begun. Help keep the construction going by supporting the next mile.
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
Platforms for chairs and sunshades
Areas for Hammocks
Toddler Play are
Native flowing plants
Adventure Course Trail Zone
Obstacle course elements
Various experiences for different ages, skills and fitness levels
Interpretive signage and environmental education
Wildlife habitat projects, i.e. butterfly houses, bee hotels
Native Plant Gardens