Visitors center now open

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Officials, business leaders and community members gathered recently to celebrate the grand opening of the Pickens Visitor Center.

The center, located at 222 W. Main St., houses the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce, the Pickens Revitalization Association office, Lake Hartwell Country Regional Tourism District’s Pickens office and the Pickens County Cooperative Extension Service office.

Even before the Nov. 16 opening, there was already interest in the center, Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce executive director Kimberly Smagala said.

“It’s a good problem to have when you have a big tour bus show up in this tiny little parking lot and you have about 60 people pile out and try to find

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