Living in Oconee County
Oconee County is right next to Athens and consists of bucolic small towns that feel like they’re out in the country but have the convenience of being just a quick drive into the city. If you want to travel to Atlanta, it’s about a 60-to-90-minute drive, making Oconee County a plausible commuter community, especially for those with hybrid schedules. Oconee has a long agricultural history, and rural farmland continues to make up a substantial part of the region. Several farms are open for pick-your-own berry season in the spring and corn mazes and pumpkin patches in the fall. Of course, with such abundant local produce, Oconee has great farmers markets—one in Watkinsville and one in Bishop—with an ever-changing selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables. There’s also an extensive art scene in Watkinsville, an excellent library system, plenty of antique shopping, and a variety of sophisticated restaurants.