Pickens County News

Director Says Tourism Major Industry in Pickens County

Published: September 17, 2015

By Vince Jackson 864-650-0585

Pickens—Tourists bring $96.85 million dollars into Pickens County each year and account for 1,275 tourism-related jobs, according to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Helen Hockwalt, tourism and marketing director for Pickens County, told the Pickens County Taxpayers Association this week tourism is an industry; one of the county’s largest. 

Watch you like a hawk

Published: September 17, 2015

by Don Hendershot writing for Smoky Mountain Living Magazine

Each September, the skies over Southern Appalachia set the stage for one of nature’s most beautiful and spectacular dances—the migration of the raptors. 

These birds of prey fill the skies by the millions as they pirouette, cartwheel, circle, climb high in thermals, and soar on updrafts en route to their winter homes in Central and South America.

Caesars Head State Park in Upstate South Carolina makes one of the region’s best spots for glimpsing hawks on the move. Located where the Blue Ridge Escarpment rises abruptly from the South Carolina Piedmont, the park provides the perfect storm of flying conditions to attract migrating hawks. Jutting into the air some 2,000 feet, the rugged granite promontory of Caesars Head offers wildlife lovers a front-row platform to catch nature’s annual aerial ballet.

Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site Opens at Hagood Mill

Published: September 10, 2015

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New Director Named to the Pickens Innovation Center is a Clemson University Technology Villages

Published: August 31, 2015

New Director Named to the Pickens Innovation Center is a Clemson University Technology Villages

organization – one of five in South Carolina - supporting entrepreneurs with

company development, product refinement, establishment of operating model/

processes, go to market plan and seed funding strategy.

Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of SC to open September 19th

Published: August 25, 2015

The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of SC, formerly known as the Rock Art Center, will open to the public on the third Saturday, September 19th during the Fiddling Championship at Hagood Mill. This will be a soft opening with plans being made for an official dedication to recognize donors, have speakers, and unveil plaques to be held at a later date.

The Petroglyph Site will be open regularly to the public three days each week, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am – 4 pm.  On Wednesday and Friday the site is free to visitors with no parking charge.   On a third Saturday there is a $5 parking fee, but admission to the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site as well as the Hagood Mill remains free.

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, Where Every Quilt Tells a Story

Published: August 17, 2015

Today, the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail has more than 160 quilt panels mounted on barns, businesses, homes, and public buildings across Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. (see Details for more of this article)