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Pickens Nose Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Otto, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 295 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Beautiful rhododendron-covered tunnel trail most of the way. Great views of the fall foliage off of the side trails and at the top. NOTE: The access road to this hike is closed every year from January 1st to the end of winter.

Ball Creek road is closed January to April to minimize impact on road. Check with USFS in North Carolina before going. Depending on weather conditions, high clearance/AWD vehicles may be recommended due to slick roads.

From Dillard, GA, travel north on Hwy 441 approximately 5.5 miles to Coweeta Lab Rd on left. Travel 3.8 miles to the hydrologic lab where road turns to gravel Ball Creek Rd. Stay on this road approximately 4 miles to fork in road. Take the right fork uphill for 1.4 miles to trailhead parking on left.

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Maegan White
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Hiking

Easy hike but a steep drive to the trailhead. Wouldn’t do it in a car though it can be done. Views are amazing!!

Debbie Hunt
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Hiking

The dirt road to the trail head was more than 7 miles!!!!! Good condition but still slow going. The beginning of the trail is moderate going but then beautiful views from the top.

Emily Mondello
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Hiking

I hiked this trail twice several years ago when I was very, very overweight. It was harder then, but I made it fine. I hiked it again today (weighing much less and in better physical condition) and it was much easier than I remember. My point is that although it has a fairly steep uphill climb about 80% of the way up, it is doable by most anyone. The views off the side trails and at the top are worth every step! This is definitely one of my favorite trails in the area. If you bring dogs (or small children) keep them on a leash because there are deadly drop-offs from the rock cliffs at the top. Possibly the prettiest views I’ve seen in this area.

Nadene D
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Hiking

Great views at the end!

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Sarah Niekamp
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Hiking

Short and easy hike with great views! The drive up and down takes a while though...5 miles took about a half an hour each way.

Deepak Abburi
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Hiking

It’s our favorite trail in this area so far - with thick vegetation, rugged path and gorgeous views. It’s a nice family friendly hike - and moderately strenuous. Driving there is on a dirt road - and ‘adventurous’ with many narrow turns and path. We were able to get there fine on a 2WD SUV though.

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Emily Bauer
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Hiking

Short and sweet! The road leading up to the trail is a bit rough but not too bad. The hike has awesome views and is probably doable for any fitness level

Cori Goes
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Hiking

This trail is our favorite non-waterfall trail for the area thus far. The views are absolutely amazing. The drive up Ball Creek took longer than the actual trail itself, but well worth it. We managed fine in a small suv, however, please note that some of the curves are truly blind. This was also super family friendly. We did this with our 7 and 9 year olds and our very energetic husky. The dog gave me a bigger panic attack getting closer to the edge(s) than the kids did, but all in all, great experience.

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ddavuluri1 .
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Hiking

This a super short trail. A bit of elevation but not bad of you take it slow. Lots of mosquitos. Absolutely stunning views when you make it to the end. Hardly anyone on the trail so feels amazing and secluded and easy to enjoy. Phenomenal!

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Ralph Gleason
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Beautiful views. Great photo op. Dirt road is packed down pretty good. Made it up in my Hyundai Azera (luxury sedan), with no issues. Turn the corners tight in case there is someone coming from the other direction. I went on a Monday so there was only a handful of people there.

Brittany Brown
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Hiking

Short and pretty easy for the amazing views at the end! Was worried about the road up, most people say you need a 4x4 - had NO issues with a Camry Sport. A lot of rocks and roots. Set up hammock next to viewpoint. Would definitely do this one again and again!

Angie Longgood
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Easy walk once you get over the tree roots. Amazing views!! Totally recommend!

Jake Black
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Hiking

Quick hike to a beautiful lookout. Check the little off shoot trails too for more views

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Evie Ashcroft
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One of the best views in the area, totally worth your time! Just watch out for the rocks, as they are easy to trip over.

Tony Wall
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HikingRocky

Beautiful short hike to a rock outcropping with beautiful views.

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Jimmy & Laura Monteleone
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Hiking

Great trail! A bit rocky in the beginning, but opens up to beautiful view! Great for families.

Kyle Rogers
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Hiking

One of the best views in the area. Ball Creek Road is rough. The hike starts steep but levels out and is easy from there on. Quick, easy, amazing view. Recommend.

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Samantha Kasson
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Hiking

Awesome hike with an absolutely beautiful view! Hiked it with 3 kids and 2 dogs with no issues. Well worth it.

Chris M
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HikingMuddyRocky

One of my favorite trails in Nantahala Forest. Easy hike. Amazing views.

Scarlett Mayes
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Hiking

Awesome short hike!!

Allison Swoboda
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Hiking

This hike was on of my husband's and I favorite trails when we visited the area. We found it by asking locals. short hike and amazing views! driving to the trail head was a little steep, I'd recommend 4x4 vehicle.

Joshua LaVere
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Hiking

Amazing trail with breathtaking views. Great short hike for kids or people that won’t to go with a low impact short hike. Well worth the long drive up to the top from 441. Narrow trail so people hat had their dogs with them were all up in your business. Don’t miss all the little side trails that have extra views, they’re worth the time to explore. Well maintained gravel road is a beautiful drive as well.

M A.
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Hiking

Loved this trail, though challenging with a toddler

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Tommy Smith
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Hiking

Ball Creek road is open to Pickens Nose trailhead and beyond to Highway 64. Trail is open, great long range views in all directions today.

Kim Whorton
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Ball Creek Rd. is closed.

Jason Anderson
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Jason Bales
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Hiking

Great views, easy trail, beautiful day!

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