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.