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Drones/UAVs not allowed at Pilot Mountain State Park   

No drones, UAV's, flying machines, or RC aircraft are allowed at Pilot Mountain State Park. Drones also cannot be launched from the state road or US highway outside the front gate. Drones disturb wildlife, park visitors, and are a hazard for low flying aircraft. Use of a drone within a NC State Park without a special activity permit is a violation of the following regulation:
15A NCAC 12B .1204


(a) A person shall not voluntarily bring, land or cause to descend or alight, ascend or take off within or upon any park area,

any airplane, flying machine, balloon, parachute, glider, hang glider, or other

apparatus for aviation. Voluntarily in this

connection shall mean anything other than a forced landing.

(b) In park areas where aviation activities are part of the planned park activities, a special use permit will be required.

Requests for permits may

be made in the manner prescribed by Rule .0104 of this Subchapter.

 Posted on: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 10:13am


Volunteering as a Campground Host is an opportunity to become involved in the management of a NC State Park area.  Campground hosts will be allowed to stay in the campground and use the park's facilities free of charge, full RV hookups are provided.  Hosts are asked to serve for at least one month.

*Register family campers, which involves filling out a permit and collecting payment.
*Provide information on the park and area to campers.
*Clean campsites, which involves removing grill ashes, picking up litter and blowing off driveways.
*Be present on the designated host site between closing and opening hours (except on approved days off) for camper assistance.
*Assist campers in complying with park rules and regulations.
*Perform minor cleanup of the campground bath house.

Inquire within the park office, or contact Dylan Joyce at, or (336) 325-2355

 Posted on: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:21am

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:
 March to November : Opens at 7am, Closes at Sunset. 

 December to February : Opens at 8am, Closes at Sunset. 

Campers only may enter the mountain section until the following times:
March, October- 9pm
April-September- 10pm
November- 8pm

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

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