THE ROAD TO THE SUMMIT (UPPER) PARKING LOT IS OPEN TO VISITOR TRAFFIC EVERY WEEKDAY DURING POSTED PARK HOURS (UNLESS THE PARKING LOT REACHES CAPACITY).
OPEN PARKING AREAS HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY. PARKING ON ROAD SHOULDERS IS PROHIBITED. IF YOU ARRIVE AND A PARKING LOT IS FULL, CONSIDER THAT AREA CLOSED. WHEN PARKING LOTS FILL THERE WILL BE NO WAITING IN LINE TO GET IN.
WEEKEND/HOLIDAY SHUTTLE IN USE DUE TO LIMITED PARKING AND RECORD VISITATION:
March-October the shuttle will run10:00am to 6:00pm every Saturday, Sunday, and state holiday. March-October at 6:00 pm the road to the summit will reopen for uphill traffic (until the parking lot reaches capacity).
Beginning November 1st the shuttle will run 9:00am to 4:00pm for uphill travel (if seats are available) and downhill runs will continue 4:15 until 5:15 (if seats are available) every Saturday, Sunday and state holiday. For the safety of visitors and staff there will be no uphill visitor traffic on weekends and holidays after 9am in November.
All downhill traffic can leave freely, but no more incoming vehicle traffic will occur past the new visitor center when the road is closed to uphill traffic. Visitors who arrive when the road to the summit is closed will have the option of either riding the shuttle (weekends and holidays) from the new visitor center, parking at the new visitor center and hiking the trails up, or visiting one of the other park accesses.
The shuttle has a capacity of 22 people with one wheelchair lift. Passengers will be asked to wear masks and the vehicle will be disinfected after each trip. If visitors want to order tickets in advance, they may do so at https://promo.parking.com/charlotte-pilot-mountain-shuttle/ or they can order on-site at shuttle in front of visitor center via credit card or the Parking.com app. No cash transactions. Ordering tickets in advance guarantees a ride, not a specific time. The fare is $5.00 for adults, kids 13 and under ride free. The fare for a one-way trip down is $2.50 (if seats are available).
Visitor Center parking – 200 cars – (Grindstone Trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, Mountain Trail)
Old Park Office parking – 30 cars – (Grindstone Trail, Mountain Trail)
Summit (upper) parking – 90 cars – (Jomeokee Trail, overlooks, Ledge Springs Trail)
Use the following lots if you want to skip the crowds and take a longer hike, or visit the Yadkin River:
Pinnacle Hotel Road – 50 cars 134 Culler Road, Pinnacle NC – (Access to the Mountain Trail and Corridor Trail, and Grassy Ridge Trail)
Pilot Creek Trailhead – 15 cars 382 Boyd Nelson Road, Pinnacle NC – (Access to the Pilot Creek Trail)
Bean Shoals/Hauser Road – 40 cars 622 Hauser Road, Pinnacle NC – (Access to the southern Corridor Trail, Horne Creek Trail, Canal Trail)
Ivy Bluffs Trailhead – 20 cars 4240 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC – (Access to the Ivy Bluffs Trail)
Ivy Bluffs canoe launch – 10 cars 4454 Shoals Road, East Bend NC – (Access to the Yadkin River paddle trail)
RESTROOMS, VISITOR CENTER: Under COVID phase 3.0 the new visitor center gift shop and exhibit hall are open with a max capacity of 25 people. Bathrooms are open and available.
CAMPGROUND: Campground is closed due to lightning damage to the sewer system.
FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings are required to be worn when in public places, indoors or outdoors, where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who aren’t in the same household or residence isn’t possible, unless an exception applies. Face coverings are required to utilize the shuttle, visit the gift shop or visitor center exhibit hall.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide.