Pickens County Decorative Stone


The property is located within the Blue Ridge Ecoregion, which the Georgia SWAP noted as one of the richest centers of biodiversity in North America, and protection of the property furthers the SWAP’s goals to protect and preserve such important habitats. Protection of the water sources on the property sustains water quality for the Salacoa Creek stream corridor, which is beneficial to protect the Coosawattee River. Protection of the property increases the acreage of conserved lands in Pickens County, Georgia generally and along the Salacoa Creek stream corridor, and thus helps maintain habitat and landscape connectivity in the region which exponentially enhances habitat value through increased population sustainability, habitat potential, and diversity. Protection of the property helps counteract worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by preserving mature forest patches which are crucial for carbon dioxide absorption and provide higher carbon gain per acre than young forests. Also, it alleviates the risk of future quarrying and protects the water, forests and other natural resources.

Timeline below may overlap with the Salacoa Stone Quarry project as the two tracts are next to each other.

Project Details

Location:Pickens County, Georgia
Type:Conservation Easement Protection
Size:160 Acres
HUC:Coosa River Basin - 03150102
Protection Type:Preservation
Protection Area:156 Acres

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Project Timeline

Dec 2020
Nov 2020

Salacoa Retreat Idea

We want to allow greater public access to this wonderful site and a ‘Salacoa Retreat’ project was born. Follow our progress on that page.

Sep 2020

An Attempt to fix the crossing

Our initial attempt to fix the crossing to allow for a safer Trout passage. Unfortunately it will a lot more work and USACE involvement.

Aug 2020
Aug 2020
Jul 2020

Public Access Enabled

Come visit Pickens Decorative at any time. Directions and an example of an access waiver are at the top. Make sure to scan a QR code when you are visiting the site. A signed Access Waiver is required for entry.

Apr 2020


We never camped on this site and it was a lot of fun to get away from COVID

Jan 2020
Jan 2020
Nov 2019
Sep 2019
May 2019
May 2019
Dec 2016

Deed of Conservation Easement and Declaration of Use Restrictions

On December 27th, 2016 the owners of Pickens Decorative Stone LLC signed a “Deed of Conservation Easement and Declaration of Use Restrictions” (BK:1103 PG: 727-778, Superior Court, Pickens County). The grantee of the deed is Foothills Land Conservancy, a Tennessee non-profit corporation.

May 2016
May 2016

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