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Posted on:  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 9:39am    

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Posted on:  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 10:26am    

Expect parking at the mountain to be full every weekend from now until Mid November due to fall leaf watching. There is no "drive-through" traffic during this time. The road is one way in, one way out, and you will be waiting in line for a parking space to reach the summit parking area. Once the wait for parking reaches 30 minutes or more, traffic will be turned away at the bottom of the mountain. For safety, large number of cars waiting/idling on a steep mountain road causes vehicle break downs and makes fire/ems access difficult. We urge visitors to carpool. If you are coming to hike there are multiple easy to access satellite parking areas where you can avoid the car traffic. You can reach all the mountain trails from outside the mountain if you hike in, print off a trail map from our website first. The main overflow lot for the mountain is located at the Corridor Trail/Mountain Trail parking lot on Pinnacle Hotel Rd. which can be found at this address/ GPS coordinates:
Pinnacle Hotel Road Parking Lot, Culler Rd: 36.328398, -80.462848


Now hiring for part time park attendant postion
Posted on:  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 4:34pm    

We have a 40 hr park attendant vacancy. This employee will work outdoors in maintenance and operation, park clean up, landscaping, and traffic management among other duties. This job pays 7.25 an hour and is a foot in the door for a motivated person to a permanent position in state parks. This is a 10 month on, 2 month off position without benefits. Weekends and Holidays are required. Persons interested should submit a state application (called a PD-107, you can google it!) to: 1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd, Pinnacle NC, 27043

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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Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
PinnacleNC 27043
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 - 6pm
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.

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

The park is closed Christmas Day