Nestled in the mountains, Talking Rock lies between Ellijay and Jasper in Pickens County. It is the third smallest town in the state and has not changed much since its beginning in 1883, when the train built up the town's economy.
The origin of the town's name is unclear, and people tell many stories about its derivation. Some say that the name comes from the noise of the water rolling over the rocks in the town's creek. Others believe the name nods to the fact that townsfolk will sit on the rocks to talk with their neighbors. Still others believe that the name originated with the local Indians.
Every October, Talking Rock hosts the Heritage Days Festival, one of the town's annual highlights. Vendors from around the state join with shop owners for the two-day festival, which includes food, fun and music.