Pilot Mountain State Park »  Ecology
The Mountain is located at exit 131 on US Highway 52/I-74. Do not use GPS to reach the mountain. Google Maps is directing visitors to our river section 20 miles away.
Fall is in the air and lengthy waits for parking have returned. Once the mountain reaches capacity then one car will be let in as one leaves. No exceptions. If you are coming to hike and want to avoid the crowds please use these coordinates to reach our satellite parking areas:
Avoid the crowds! Pilot Mountain State Park Alternate Parking Areas for Hiking:
To reach trails at the Mountain:
Parking for the Mountain trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, and the Northern End of the Corridor Trail:
To reach trails at the River Section: Surry County
Parking for the Southern End of the Corridor Trail, and the Yadkin Islands Trail:
PILOT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK WEATHER FORECAST: http://tinyurl.com/d4qve9pEquestrians
- To preserve park bridle trails for your continued use and enjoyment, all trails are closed to horses after rain. Riding on wet trails creates hazardous areas and erodes the trail. Riding trails when wet will cause their closure for maintenance and their closure to bridle use. If it has rained, wait to ride another day. DUE TO LEGAL AGREEMENT THE RAILROAD CROSSING AT THE RIVER IS CLOSED TO HORSES. DO NOT RIDE ALONG OR ACROSS THE RAILROAD.
Updated: 2014-09-18 15:51:44
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If you would like to receive electronic notification of prescribed burns, the park would like to ask you for an email address that you can be reached at. Your email will not be shared with anyone, and you will not be included on “reply-alls” or routine emails from the park. This list-serve would only be used for notification of prescribed fires or emergencies. Prior to a planned prescribed burn you will receive an email and a location of the burn within the state park. If at anytime you would like to be removed from this email list you would have the option to have your contact information deleted by calling or emailing the park.When prescribed burns are conducted, areas of the park being burned are closed to the public during the burn, and afterwards until conditions are deemed safe for use.
Please send an email to email@example.com if you would like to be added to this listserve.
Updated: 2014-04-26 09:12:55
Plant & Animal » Checklists
The vegetation in the park is similar to that found in mountain habitats such as those in the Blue Ridge
Mountains. More than 70 families of vascular plants grow on and around Pilot Mountain. In late spring, the
Big Pinnacle is ringed with the bright pink blooms of Catawba rhododendron. Also abundant is mountain
laurel, distinguished by its leathery evergreen leaves and showy clusters of white flowers. Typical trees
include the chestnut oak, table mountain pine and pitch pine. Wild blueberry, huckleberry and grape can be
spotted along the trails.
Listen as American toads, chorus frogs and spring peepers call from nearby pools. Numerous songbirds
including the eastern bluebird, Carolina wren, brown thrasher and various warblers supply the woods with
music. Watch for ravens soaring above Big Pinnacle. The raven and the pileated woodpecker are two of the
rarer birds of Pilot Mountain. Other wildlife in the park includes red and gray fox, white-tailed deer,
woodchuck, opossum, gray squirrel, raccoon, and several species of reptiles and amphibians.