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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Beautiful views!!!

The drive up the mountain is about 8 miles of winding road. I went during early December and only saw one other car. I could imagine it would take a pretty long time up and down the mountain during peak travel time. There is only a handful of places for two cars to fit next to each other on the road when passing. The hike itself was very nice! A nice incline up with numerous little trails off the main path to get pictures. I would recommend a walking stick for going up and down. The scenery is absolutely beautiful once you get to the top. There are numerous places to get pictures or to sit and enjoy the view.

Nice short hike, great view, long drive

The view and the hike are great, and the road is well-maintained.

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.


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