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.

Length1.4 miElevation gain295 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddy
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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. Visitors report that the road to the trailhead has sharp switchbacks.

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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Lexi Johnson
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HikingClosed

The road to the trail is closed and it’s about a 6 mile hike up the road to the trailhead so we didn’t get to hike it again. I still gave 4 stars because it’s a wonderful trail and doesn’t deserve the total score to go down due to road closure during winter. So plan to go closer to spring I guess and maybe they have a website to check road status.

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David Vandermast
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HikingMuddy

Drove to the trailhead in my Honda Accord-a bit muddy in a few spots but no problem in a 2-wheel drive car (I wouldn’t have gone if it was icy). The views are well worth the drive (the hike is easy). Highly recommend on a day when it’s relatively clear!

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Tim Roberts
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Scenic drivingGreat!

12/30/20 First time. Went to late in the day and the weather was way too foggy to see much. The drive up was a bit tricky but was part of the fun. Many narrow turns single lane traffic. Certainly will do again when the whether is clear and we have more visibility. Enjoyed the drive up and back but didn’t make it to the summit

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Katie Cooper
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Walking

Great trail! The beginning incline is a little challenging but it levels out. Amazing views!

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Brian T
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Careful with this hike if you have a 2 wheel drive vehicle...road was muddy, snowy and icy...had to turn around. Would be fine if you have a 4 wheel drive.

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Bearon Liles
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It was an icy ride but not too difficult if you are an experienced off road driver. We rode the whole stretch all the way to Albert Mountain and then back to Standing Indian! It was a blast! We were in a F150 with All terrain tires in 4 wheel low! We did see one vehicle get stuck but it was 2 wheel drive. Video to come on our YouTube channel, the adventures of Smalls and Talls.

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Rod Baird
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Attempted to do the hike 12/27/2020 - two days after a snow. We’re driving a 4WD truck with so-so all terrain tires. The valley was clear, but snow/ice began after about3 miles of climbing. About 1/2 mile from the trail, saw another 4WD SUV in a ditch. The next hairpin was too steep/icy for traction and we had to retreat. Unless the conditions are perfect, don’t attempt this in a low clearance and/or 2WD vehicle.

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Jane Barker
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Great eat hike ever!

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Katy Perez
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Beautiful views

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Mike Bell
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Clear but cold, mostly from the very windy and gusty conditions with temperatures 45-50℉. Trail is well used and shows it. Great views, however. Tough road driving in from the Coweeta Lab Road to the trailhead.

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Juliet P.
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Rocky and lots of roots at the beginning. mostly up hill on the way out. views are amazing. several overlooks along the end.

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Julie and Leonard Wood
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we made it all the way up to 1 mile from the trailhead before we had to turn around because the road was so bad! I drive a Kia soul and bottomed-out more than once trying to get there. not sure how others did it without 4WD.

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Brittany Brown
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Don’t let those claiming 4wheel drive only deter you from going! For the 2nd time, we took a small car and made it just fine, no issues! Just take your time and enjoy the drive :) Incredible views for such a short hike!

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Allison Swoboda
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HikingGreat!

short trail out and back but beautiful views! I recommend using a vehicle with 4 wheel drive to get to the trail head.

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Jack Ingalls
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This is great hike, not long but very rocky & uphill most of the way..... beautiful views. I’ll be back soon. The only negative is the single lane road which is tedious especially when you have oncoming vehicles forcing you to pull off occasionally.

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Damon Easley
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Kendra Miller
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It was great! The views were beautiful!! Be aware the road leading up to it is really rough and those prone to motion sickness be prepared. Otherwise it was a beautiful little hike!!

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Patricia Smith
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I would not rate this trail as easy, as the first section is steep and rocky. The view is worth the climb, though. The road coming from Otto is narrow with blind switchbacks and deep ruts. Go in from the Standing Indian side for a better, albeit slightly longer, drive.

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Jefferson Giles
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HikingGreat!

The road up to this is not good and very narrow but the view is awesome

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Janice Schautz
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Oh MY GOODNESS!!! First the road up to the trailhead was a curvy climb the entire way. Florida people be ware lol. It was beautiful though. The trail was a little steep at first but not really too bad! The Pickens nose rock is off to a side trail so keep looking for it. We took our small yorkie and he did fine. The views are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Nothing like I’ve ever seen. I recommend this trail for sure. Loved every step. The trail itself isn’t long at all. I believe less than a mile. The ride back down the mountain is the same as going in, but downhill!!!!! Go slow and be very careful. .

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Joe Carver
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Josh Cunningham
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Paige Spencer
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HikingGreat!

Easy short hike to a beautiful overlook. Not much if you’re looking for exercise. Great for dogs and elderly. Beautiful overlook on a rock formation.

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Carleton Howe
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Nature tripsGreat!

easy to hike with a small dog. do it in the early am so the fog is still down in the valley. beautiful view. would recommend

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Samantha Rae
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