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New park the ‘deal of the century’ for Pickens County

park-map      The 211-acre park on Highway 515 will be ready for hiking and birding visitors shortly with plans for disc golf and mountain biking in the works.

     Without much advanced notice, the 211-acre Talking Rock Nature Preserve has come into being on the west side of Highway 515 at the Pickens/Gilmer line.
    The Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL) bought the property and established permanent protective deeds for it and, following three years of work, is ready to welcome the public. Present plans call for half the property to be used as a disc (Frisbee) golf course and half for mountain biking trails, with birding throughout the area.

     Find out more about the Talking Rock Nature Preserve in this week's print or online editions.


Mister Mister
-7 #1 Mister Mister 2015-07-18 10:54
A few concerns here, does the commissioners know and did they agree to take on maintenance and was this discussed in the minutes? Is this park part of any economic development or overall vision plan on where the county needs to be? I guess after reading this article I'm thinking of the old saying looking at a gift horse in the mouth.

Do we have a known base of "frisbee" supporters? The last time frisbee "took off" was the 70's. I'd rather see a huge and significant dog park, or just general passive park.
Super Ape
+3 #2 Super Ape 2015-07-19 07:56
Mr. Mr. keep in mind, the commissioners haven't agreed to anything, yet. I am avid mountain biker and I can tell you that the biggest problem with mountain biking is parking -- yeah, there are that many people who come out and we all like riding different places, so we do travel. Can't wait hope this works out. Sounds like some of us local riders need to get involved.
I don't know anything about frisbee but it sounds fun. I can totally see myself and my buds going out to play a few times a month. ON Friday, myself and another guy talked about how we would go play right then if it were open. What else is there to do in Jasper on a Friday night?
Mister Mister
-3 #3 Mister Mister 2015-07-20 10:41
Well aware of recreational needs, though I like the trails that are on the mountain itself. But looking at the land and knowing our county financial condition, we need good paying, stable and robust PRIVATE SECTOR jobs that build the tax base. The county can ill afford taking on additional responsibilitie s, until the economy locally is thriving and with at least $20.00 an hour jobs and build the tax base. Then we can have our "cake". Tourism and parks don't pay the bills.
Mister Mister
-5 #4 Mister Mister 2015-07-20 10:49
Before being called a naysayer.. I am well aware and recognize the need for parks and recreation, as it adds a fabric, and local government seems to limit recreation 5 to 15 years old. As well as real businesses do look at recreation offerings. So there is a need. But considering our rob peter to pay paul budgets. We need to be pushing for jobs and increased tax base (not taxes) so that we can afford good recreational opportunities from 9 months to 99 years. Again, look at the gift horse in the mouth.
+3 #5 Tommy 2015-07-23 08:20
I am a Professional Disc Golfer who lives in Jasper. Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing recreational activities for the Parks and Recreation Departments across our country. It has been around for over thirty years. There are many courses in every city and this would be an incredible benefit for the Jasper/Ellijay area. I installed 54 holes in the town of Waynesville, NC. This was an area that had never heard of the sport and now the courses are being played everyday. From kids to seniors, Disc Golf can be enjoyed by the entire family. It is a sport for the nature lover as well as folks who want to challenge their skill level with the disc. It is also a great way to exercise. I have been playing for over 25 years and I have seen the fantastic benefit that Disc Golf brings to the community. This park will be a great for our area! For more information and education check out Tommy PDGA #7670
+2 #6 EagleShot 2015-07-31 10:19
I'm also a Professional Disc Golfer that lives in Jasper. I have approached the county and city on multiple occasions with not even a reply back. Mister Mister, disc golf has become popular especially over the past 10 years. It will bring tax dollars to our county. If the course is designed with tournament play in mind, it would bring even more in tax dollars from hotels, food and gas. People would travel from TN, AL, NC and SC just because of our location. I moved from the gulf coast years ago. Disc golf was huge there. Recently I have found out that even the high schools in that area now have courses on campus and they have teams that are competing for state championships. Disc Golf is extremely affordable. For the cost of one trip to a ball golf course, you could by more equipment than you would ever need to play Disc Golf for years and 99.999999% of all Disc Golf courses are free to play. It promotes a healthy life style and gets kids off their play stations and back outdoors. It encourages families to spend more time together outside the house.There are currently over 76,000 registered Disc golfers in the country. I would be willing to bet that is a very small number of how many people actually play. Tommy I would be glad to help in any way. Thanks for getting this going. My entire family looks forward to this course. Chris PDGA #21151.

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