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THE ROAD TO THE SOUTH RIVER SECTION (IVY BLUFFS ACCESS) HAS BEEN CLOSED TO THE CANOE LAUNCH FOR BRIDGE REPAIR.  The Ivy Bluffs Trail remains open for hiking.  This alert will be removed once the road is opened.  The Shoals Road bridge is being replaced by NCDOT and is scheduled to be complete by early summer.  There is no canoe access to this area at this time.

 Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 3:13pm
Expect parking delays on weekends at the mountain   

If you are planning to drive to the summit on weekends, expect delays for parking up to 30 minutes. As many as 2000 vehicles a day enter the park and try to fit in 155 total parking spaces.

If you are arriving to hike at the mountain, you can avoid all of this congestion by parking at the Pinnacle Hotel Rd/Culler Rd parking area, located on the south side of the mountain at the following address: 134 Culler Rd, Pinnacle, NC 27043. This parking lot also fills so arrive early.

If your goal for a park experience is for a scenic and uninterrupted drive, bear in mind the park is a one way road and you will be waiting in line with all traffic at the end. There is no turn around, drive through traffic possible for most of the day on weekends. For scenic driving we recommend the Blue Ridge Parkway, 25 miles north on Highway 52.

Once the park is full, vehicles will only be let in after enough spaces are empty for traffic to travel safely.

 Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 5:22pm

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
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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