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A Day in Pickens

Where the mountains begin

· Outdoor Adventure,Itinerary,Food and Drink,Nature,Hiking

There’s something about a charming mountain town that speaks to the soul and invites the passing traveler to stop by and stay a while. Pickens is a small town tucked away into the hills of the Appalachian mountains, just beyond the Blue Wall, also known as the Blue Ridge Escarpment. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself passing through Pickens, South Carolina, here are the places you don’t want to miss.

To fuel your day, you probably need a hot coffee or a delicious meal. Luckily, Pickens has some great coffee shops and restaurants to check out before you start exploring:

Downtown Pickens is a beautiful place with a backdrop of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Take some time to stroll down main street and check out some of the shops such as Brownstone Spa and Boutique, Antiques and Uniques, Serenity at Sunset, and Brock’s Department Store.

There’s also plenty of shopping to do beyond downtown. For an old-time general store with great ice cream and hot dogs, head over to Burgess and Taylor General Store. To gear up for some time outdoors, Southern Appalachian Outdoors needs to be on your list.

While in downtown, take some time to walk or bike down The Doodle Trail, a rails-to-trails partnership between the City of Pickens and the City of Easley. Don’t worry if you forgot your bike, Bee Well Honey Natural Market offers bike rentals, and they're located at the head of the trail!

Pickens is an outdoor lover’s paradise. It is home to two South Carolina State Parks, the iconic Table Rock State Park and the lovely Keowee-Toxaway State Park. Head over to Table Rock to hike to the summit and take in the views, paddle a kayak on Lake Oolenoy, and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Keowee-Toxaway offers beautiful views of Lake Keowee and houses the official visitor center for the Jocassee Gorges, named by National Geographic as one of the world’s last great places.

There is no short supply of scenic views in Pickens. If you’re looking for a scenic overlook, then there are two that need to be on your list. Glassy Mountain offers beautiful views of the Blue Wall and is a short drive from downtown Pickens. Sassafras Mountain is the tallest point in South Carolina at over 3500 ft. It will have a brand new observation deck for visitors that offers panoramic mountain views that is set to open on April 22nd, 2019.

One very unique place in Pickens is Holly Springs Center. This organization is dedicated to promoting Appalachian arts and heritage. Take some time to stop by their artisan gallery and browse through beautiful local art, or sign up for a class in woodworking, pottery, weaving, and more!

Pickens is a city with a lot of history. To do a little time traveling to the past, check out the Pickens County Museum of Art and History and Hagood Mill. The Mill draws visitors from miles away and grinds corn meal for incredible corn bread and grits!

After all of this exploring, it’s time for a drink! Pickens has some great places to get a glass of locally made wine or a pint of craft beer.

If a one day stay isn’t enough, we don’t blame you! There’s so much to do and see in Pickens that one day can’t possibly fit it all in. The Colonial House bed and breakfast and Solitude Pointe Cabins and RV Park offer lovely accommodations that are extremely close to all of the great nature, shops, and restaurants that Pickens has to offer.

For more information on Pickens, visit the Pickens Chamber of Commerce and City of Pickens websites. As always, stop by the Lake Hartwell Country Visitor Center in Pendleton or our satellite office in Pickens for more information! You can also visit our website for more travel info and itineraries.

125 E Queen St

Pendleton, SC 29670

(864) 646-3782


222 W Main St

Pickens, SC 29671

(864) 878-3258

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