The City of Pickens is situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the county seat of Pickens County and is a small business center for a good agricultural and industrial area. The City is approximately 20 miles west of Greenville, South Carolina, 70 miles South of Asheville, North Carolina, and 143 miles Northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. The 2010 population of Pickens was 3,126 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Pickens is convenient to the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway (SC 11) where numerous waterfalls and state parks, including Table Rock and Keowee-Toxaway, attract visitors to the Upstate of South Carolina. Pickens is home to the Pickens County Museum which is located in the historic 1902 county jail. Nearby, just off Highway 178, is the 1826 Hagood Grist Mill. The Azalea Festival is celebrated each spring, featuring a classic car cruise and an arts/crafts show. There are other annual festivals and events as well, like the Blue-Ridge Fest and the annual downtown Halloween Trick or Treat.