Oconee County is a fast growing and charming rural community. Pine forests and cattle ranches have given way to residential subdivisions, shopping centers, and numerous art galleries. Boosted by the building of Georgia Highway 316 from west of Athens through Oconee County, the county's transformation has brought with it rising traffic, hundreds of shoppers, increasing sales tax revenues, and escalating property prices. This county has exceptional schools, both public and private. The arts scene has made its way into the hearts of Georgians as well. Visit the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. (OCAF) promotes cultural arts and artists and provides art education to the citizens of Oconee County and the northeast Georgia area
Points of interest include Eagle Tavern, located on North Main Street in Watkinsville. Built before 1801, possibly as a stronghold called Fort Edwards, the building was renovated by 1820 to serve as a stagecoach inn for Athens-bound travelers. The tavern was placed on the National Register of Historic. Watson Mill Bridge is also a scenic stop to visit or spend the day.