Pickens County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,431. The county seat is Jasper. Pickens County is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The Georgia General Assembly passed an act on December 5, 1853 to create Pickens County from portions of Cherokee andGilmer counties. Pickens received several more land additions from Cherokee (1869) and Gilmer Counties (1858 and 1863); however several sections of Pickens County have also been transferred to other counties: Dawson County (1857), Gordon County(1860), and Cherokee County (1870). Pickens County is named for American Revolutionary War General Andrew Pickens.