About Pickens, SC

Nestled in the Upstate of South Carolina, Pickens is surrounded by the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the natural beauty, exciting activities, and relaxed family friendly lifestyle. With their rich heritage, Pickens welcomes you and your family to become a part of their community.



Pickens is located in Pickens county, in the Northwest corner of South Carolina, conveniently located between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. The area, commonly referred to as the Upstate, includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens, and Cherokee counties and the cities of Anderson, Clemson, Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, and Spartanburg.

Asheville, NC: 68 miles (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Atlanta, GA: 147 miles (2 hours, 29 minutes)
Charleston, SC: 231 miles (3 hours, 45 minutes)
Charlotte, NC: 121 miles (2 hours, 14 minutes)
Columbia, SC: 122 miles (2 hours, 7 minutes)
Spartanburg, SC: 48 miles (1 hour, 10 minutes)
Greenville, SC: 18 miles (31 minutes)



Pickens county has a population of 121,691 residents. Approximately 3,126 live within Pickens’ city limits.



Pickens offers a variety of housing options with rural living, vibrant suburban homes, or choose to live near the heart of downtown. No matter what you are looking for you can find the perfect place to call home in Pickens.



Pickens’ moderate climate offers a full change of seasons, an average annual temperature of 60° F, and mild weather throughout most of the year. July is typically the warmest month and on average, January is the coolest. Greenville has milder summers when compared to other areas of the south.



The School District of Pickens County provides 14 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 4 high schools, and a state-of-the-art Career and Technology Center.


Higher Education

Many nationally recognized colleges and universities are in close proximity to Mauldin:

Bob Jones University
Brown Mackie College
Clemson University
Converse College
Furman University
Greenville Technical College
North Greenville University
Southern Wesleyan University 
University of SC-Spartanburg
Virginia College - Greenville Campus
Webster University 
Wofford College


Health Care

AnMed Health Cannon proudly serves Pickens county as the leading medical facility.



At this time there is no public transportation for Pickens County.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP): Located just 46 minutes from Pickens, GSP has been rated one of the most desirable airports in the country in terms of convenience, easy access, smaller crowds, and nearby parking. More than 1.8 million passengers a year are served by six major airlines offering 49 non-stop average daily departures to 15 major cities and 18 airports across the US.



The Pickens County Library System serves Pickens county with books, audiobooks, computers, rooms for reserving, as well as weekly events and summer reading programs.


Recreation (Indoor & Outdoor)

Explore Pickens with the abundance of indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Pickens Recreation Center, or Jaycee Park with tennis courts, picnic shelters, baseball fields, and football field. Explore one of the many outdoor parks and gardens for outdoor activities, hiking, water sports, and much more.


Pickens recently opened Town Creek Bike Park, an off-road BMX bike park. The Doodle Trail is a 7.5 mile walking, biking, or running path that connects the City of Easley to the City of Pickens.


Arts & Entertainment

Stop at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History to take a class or prehistory and contemporary art. Be sure to check out Hagood Mill Music in the Mountain Series for special music all year long. Whether you are looking for a festival, farmers market, history, hiking, and so much more, Pickens has what you need.