Hike to and Climb Pickens Nose

Pickens Nose Parking Area

A short hike to rock outcroppings offering beautiful views of the Appalachian Mountains, climbing, and plenty of places to relax.

From the parking area (fits about 6 cars) follow the trail on the same side of the road up the ridge through dense rhododendron. Several spur trails branch off of the main trail and lead to rock outcroppings with excellent views.

Getting to the parking area is slow. The narrow gravel road winds up the mountain and maybe a little washed out with deep ruts that could make traveling with a car difficult. You may want to bring an SUV, or Truck to prevent bottoming out.

There are numerous photo opportunities especially in Autumn. Pickens Nose is at 4,880 ft and has views in multiple directions.

The climbing areas are towards the end of trail. There are several granite walls to climb ranging from 5.7 - 5.11+ trad, sport, and top rope. It's a surprisingly fun place to climb with plenty of shade and clean routes.

Pack List

  • Day Pack 
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 200 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Awesome Sauce

Semi-easy shaded hike through mossy rock and flowery rhododendrons. The trail peels off into three or four amazing rocky over looks. Easily one of the coolest hikes I've ever been on. Great views for miles.

Favorite Hike

I've hiked in several places, from the Rockies to up and down the AT & Pickens Nose truly took my breath away. Despite many others opinions the summer is my favorite time of year to go up. It's beautiful from all directions & its (in my opinion) one of the best hikes in the North Georgia/ South Carolina region

Short Hike, Killer Views

The hike to Pickens Nose is short and sweet. Once you get to the top of the mountain, you wont see any signs for the multiple rocky overlooks, but you will see tunnel-shaped paths through the Rhododendron that branch out to multiple lookout points, all of which are pretty cool. At some of the lookouts you will see anchors in the rock for rock climbing and I do not know much about climbing but some of the rock faces looked like they would be pretty challenging. One thing to note about getting to the trailhead is to search for 'Pickens Nose Trailhead' in Maps, not 'Pickens Nose'. Also, the 5ish miles of dirt road get pretty sketchy in the last mile, so having a car with good clearance is a definite plus. The hike leading up to the top was nothing special, but the views made up for it.


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