Where the Mountains Begin
“Where the Mountains Begin” is where you will find Pickens, a beautiful, historic small town that is tucked in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. From exploring the local shops and eateries downtown to hiking at Table Rock State Park, there are plenty of things to see and do in Pickens and the surrounding area.
Ready to Visit Pickens?
Here’s where to visit and spend the day like a local:
Bee Well Honey Natural Market
Bee Well Honey Natural Market is a must-visit spot in Pickens where you can grab a coffee, an authentic NY bagel and shop for local honey all under the same roof.
Doodle Park and Doodle Trail
Wanna ride a bike? Visit Pickens Doodle Park which features a train-themed playground, and the Doodle Trail—a 7.5-mile multi-use trail that goes to Easley. It is open for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading from dusk to dawn. You can cool off with a shaved ice treat afterward from nearby Pedal n Shak.
Pickens Bargain Exchange Flea Market
For thrifting and antiquing, stop by Pickens Bargain Exchange Flea Market (only open on Wednesdays), where you can find unique, one-of-a-kind treasures to bring back home. Get there early for the best bargain hunt. There are also a number of food vendors located in the middle of the flea market for when you need to stop and take a break.
The Market at the Mill
The Market at the Mill is another great shopping option with over 150 shops inside a renovated industrial mill. You can find anything from handmade crafts, jewelry, antiques, vinyl records, clothing, and even a bite to eat.
Hagood Mill Historic Site
For a bit of history, visit Hagood Mill Historic Site which features a fully operational, water-powered gristmill that James Hagood built in 1845. You can wander through the restored log cabins, a blacksmith shop, a moonshine still, a cotton gin, and a gift shop on site. You can watch the Hagood Mill in action and purchase freshly ground grits every third Saturday. You can even rent discs from the gift shop and play disc golf on Hagood Mill’s 9-hole disc golf course during daylight hours.
Table Rock State Park
For a bit of adventure, head to Table Rock State Park in northern Pickens along Highway 11, where you can hike to the top of Table Rock Mountain. You can also rent a kayak from the park’s visitor center and explore Lake Pinnacle, located within the property. After working up an appetite, you can stop at nearby Aunt Sue’s Country Corner for a bite to eat.
Find Them Here!
Bee Well Honey Natural Market, 205 Hampton Avenue, Pickens
Pickens Doodle Park, 409 E Cedar Rock Street, Pickens
Pedal n Shak, 121 Railroad Street, Pickens
Pickens Bargain Exchange Flea Market, 1449 Walhalla Highway, Pickens
The Market at the Mill, 225 Pumpkintown Highway, Pickens
Hagood Mill Historic Site, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens
Table Rock State Park, 158 Ellison Lane, Pickens
Aunt Sue’s Country Corner, 107 Country Creek Drive, Pickens
Article by Brooke Carman, The Pickens Foodie