Pickens Nose

Pickens Nose, Franklin: Hours, Address, Pickens Nose Reviews: 5/5

Lookouts • Hiking Trails
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
The area
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Attractions
6 within 6 miles
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jdl50cc
The Cincinnati Region92 contributions
Oct 2020
The views from the end of this short hike are breathtaking. However, this hike, as short as it is, would more properly be classified as "Moderate," not "Easy." There is a relatively steep climb over uneven terrain with tricky footing, which disqualifies the "Easy" classification. Nonetheless, it is worth every step. Tip: Enter Nantahala National Forest from I-64 in the North, not from Otto in the South. The former is a little longer but the road is easily navigable and beautiful. The road from Otto is windy and bumpy, and has one or two spots where high clearance is recommended. We had a 4WD truck so it presented no problem for us, but we took the northern route out and it was much more pleasant.
Written October 8, 2020
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JoyW
2 contributions
Sep 2020
I hiked to Pickens Nose with a group of friends in August. With a high altitude and as passing rain showers, the views were amazing! Lots of cloud movement in the skies, changing hues and a gorgeous sunset, with such quiet. I commented to the group how amazing that this happens every day, while we are just a couple hours away in the rush of Atlanta! Two weeks later, I took my husband and a couple friends back---I was eager to share the experience with them. The weather was clear sunny, and a different but equally amazing sunset. Our friends even brought along popcorn for the show. Better than the movies for sure!
Written September 28, 2020
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Pam G
Atlanta, GA6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Check before you take the road from Otto. It was closed. We had to drive back to the Indian Springs campground. You are on a FS road for about 10 miles. The hike was fairly easy about 2 miles round trip. The views were awesome.
Written January 3, 2020
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mjmusicsc
Franklin, NC53 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Man o man was this fun. Easy hike with amazing views. The access road might be a problem for low clearance cars. I drive a small Honda suv made it no problem. It’s a must do if you have time.
Written December 17, 2019
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Kelli
38 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
Easy hike. Well worth it. A few different rocks to go out on to look at the view. One definitely looks like a nose! I had to take the detour through the ag center parking lot. I also continue down the road and went to the right to Albert Mountain fire tower. And then double back and went to the left, to Laurel Falls. All well worth it!
Written September 14, 2019
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Mary G
Franklin, NC21 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Fairly easy trail. Lots of people when weather permits rappeling.
NIce views of GA and NC mountains.
Written August 6, 2018
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bksilver
Orlando, FL9 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
Beautiful, demanding hike for most but the views are well
Worth it. Can be difficult for some, but pushed my sister to continue and I think she appreciated it
Written August 2, 2018
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Ultra_Stan
10 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
From Franklin, NC, go south on US Hwy 23 toward Dillard, GA. You will pass Otto, NC post office. You will see a National Forest Coweeta Labs sign on right (ie Coweeta Lab Rd). (From Dillard, GA, go north on US 23. At GA/NC Stateline, go about 3.5 miles to Coweeta Lab road on left). Left at forest service building (on Ball Creek Rd). You will be driving ~ 8 miles on a rough curvy gravel National Forest road. Not recommended for low clearance cars. Right at fork of road. Go up hill to small parking area. 20-30 minute hike to top of ridge. Not the highest point but a great view.
Written July 21, 2018
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Donovan M
Orlando, FL111 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
After the childish laugh of the name wears off (if it ever does) and you decide to take this hike, it is well worth the effort. There is a small detour through the water lab facility; however, there are signs that pretty clearly mark the way. Apparently the bridge is out or under repair. The gravel road up to the trail head is well maintained yet narrow in spots. There are a few turnouts to allow for opposing traffic... but climb slow and might want your windows down to listen for oncoming traffic (as usual on narrow gravel mountain roads).

The trail has parking for about 4-6 vehicles. The hike is on well marked trails... and just a hint... if there is a small peel off trail try it out. There are some side trails with amazing views too. The rock outcrops at the end of the trail are well suited for a picnic lunch. Just remember to carry your trash out. And please note that there aren't tables or chairs. The rocks are it... but you can handle it for a nice place to take it in. From the top, you can look well into Ga and the flatlands just beyond.
Written June 14, 2018
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Adalin
Melbourne, Florida46 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
Being from Florida hiking challenge may be through the sand lol. We went to Pickens Nose on a pretty crappy day and honestly I thought we made some wrong turns because we saw NO ONE! The fog didn't help and I actually was considering turning back, but we kept going and finally found the sign to start the hike.
Good shoes, a camera, walking stick, and warm clothing are all things to take along (depending on the time of year).
Written January 14, 2018
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