To the south of Athens, Oconee County has become one of the fastest-growing counties in the region.
While the area has grown, Oconee County and its cities of Watkinsville, Bogart, Bishop and North High Shoals continue to offer serene landscapes, abundant shopping opportunities, a thriving artistic community, a wide array of businesses and numerous historical landmarks. Progressive Farmer has consistently ranked Oconee County as one of the best places to live in Rural America.
The Oconee County School District is ranked No. 1 in the state, while higher education is offered at Gainesville State University’s satellite campus in Watkinsville. The county has an outstanding public parks system that earned a 2011 County Excellence Award from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and Georgia Trend.
Other surrounding counties include:
A suburb to Metro-Atlanta and Athens that is steeped in tradition and rich history, Barrow County offers great opportunities for businesses, as well as a great place to raise a family. Never to forsake its beginnings, Barrow County is on the move to meet the needs of tomorrow.
Jackson County’s central location is only an hour away from beautiful vacation spots in the North Georgia mountains but close enough to take advantage of the cultural and educational opportunities in nearby larger cities.
The charm and character of Madison County, Georgia makes it the quintessential Southern Community. The Fourth of July Parade in Colbert, the Danielsville Fall Festival and the Comer Christmas Parade are just a few of the events that uphold the rural flavor of the South. The spirit and integrity of Madison County’s citizens is apparent in its rich family oriented atmosphere.
The largest county in Northeast Georgia offers a varied landscape composed of pine forests, natural woodlands, pastures, and small rural communities connected by well-maintained county roads. The large expanses of open rolling fields and wooded acreage, punctuated with fine old homes, make this county a beautiful and inviting place to live.
The home of Lake Oconee, Greene County is more than a popular vacation destination. The county's cities and towns merge history with progress and wide-open spaces with economic development opportunities.