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” We are currently replacing our aging park sewer system. This will result in the family campground being off reservation during the week through September 29. Visitors wanting to camp may still register via walkup at the campsite on a night by night basis, but there may be periods when for safety we have to close the campground during the week to all use. Trees are being removed, and Heavy Equipment will be working in the campground from 8am until 8pm (Mon-Fri). The campground will remain available for reservation on weekends, Friday night, Saturday and Sunday when no construction will occur. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Other nearby private campgrounds include Jomeokee RV park (Tents and Trailers) GreyStone RV Park (RV's only) and Blackberry Mountain (Tents). “

 Posted on: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 2:59pm
Expect lengthy delays for parking on weekends - leaf watchers please read   

**If you are visiting Pilot Mountain to see the fall leaves and are a local visitor or can visit during the week, we strongly encourage you to visit during the week**
Pilot Mountain hosts over 500,000 visitors a year, most of who try to pack into the 150 total formal parking spaces on Pilot Mountain on weekends at the end of a one way road.

**When the park fills up cars no more cars will be allowed into the mountain section until enough parking is available that vehicles are not backed up on roadways. There is no "ride-through" or thru traffic available once we fill up, the day use area is a one way, dead end road and the traffic backup makes turning around on a grade difficult and dangerous. If you would like to ride-through only we suggest visiting on off-peak times such as weekdays or after 5pm.**

When the mountain is busy and overcrowded there are other places to go. You may visit our river access points shown on our park map, or nearby Horne Creek Farm State Historic Site, open Tuesday through Saturday. Parking is rarely a problem at these areas.

If you are arriving to hike longer trails at the mountain and would like to avoid the crowds we suggest using our alternate lot on nearby Culler Rd located at this address and gps coordinate:

143 Culler Rd

Pinnacle, NC 27043

**This lot provides access to the 4.5 mile Mountain trail, 1.5 mile grassy ridge trail, and 6.6 mile corridor trail. If you are a large "meet-up" type hiking group, we would prefer you use this lot as it is the only one large enough to accomodate many hikers and runners wanting to reach the longer trails on the mountain.**,-80.4650333,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8852361bae51351d:0x6399811a23690c5!8m2!3d36.328355!4d-80.4628446

36.328504, -80.463160


 Posted on: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:01am

Pilot Mountain State Park

Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain has been a navigational landmark for centuries, and is a recreational landmark as well, offering miles of trails, camping, climbing and spectacular scenery. The mountain summit remains the principal park area, connected to the Yadkin River section by a 6.5-mile trail corridor. An extensive trail network is augmented by a bridle trail and a canoe trail section on the river. Family camping in a 49-site campground is augmented by riverside group camps and canoe-in sites. Rock climbing and rappelling are allowed on portions of the park’s steep cliffs, and those cliffs perched around the mountain’s summit offer seemingly endless views of piedmont, Sauratown Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Nearby Attractions
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Horne Creek



Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
PinnacleNC 27043
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Latitude: 36.341276
Longitude: -80.462930

Park Hours:

The Mountain Section:
January, February: 8am - 6pm
March, April: 7am - 9pm
May, June, July, August, September: 7am - 10pm
October: 7am - 9pm
November: 7am - 8pm
December: 8am - 6pm

Yadkin River Section:
January, February: 8:30am - 5pm
March, April: 8:30am - 7pm
May, June, July, August, September: 8:30am - 8pm
October: 8:30am - 7pm
November: 8:30am - 5pm
December: 8:30am - 5pm  

Please note the North and South River Sections are 10 and 20 miles from the mountain section of the park and have different operating hours. Gates are locked promptly at closing. There is no gate entry before or after hours, including campgrounds, except in case of medical or law enforcement emergency. No vehicles other than those registered to campers may be left in the park overnight.

Park Office
8am - 4:30pm 7 days a week 

The park is closed Christmas Day