Journey on foot, on horseback or in a canoe. No matter what your mode of travel, Pilot Mountain has miles of trails to explore. Little Pinnacle Overlook offers hikers a close-up view of Big Pinnacle and distant views of the valley below. Equestrians and hikers alike will relish the trails through the six-mile woodland corridor that connects the two sections of the park. Cliffs and crevices, ravens, and rhododendron are only a small part of the scenery to be discovered. For more information about the trails, see the park map. All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks. Horse rentals not available.
See the Equestrian Trails Closure Policy.
A moderately sloped trail on the north shore of the of the
Yadkin river that begins at the turnaround parking area.
This trail weaves along a railroad trestle, as well as along
the ruins of the unfinished Bean Shoals Canal. (Note: The
railroad track is still active. Use extreme caution when crossing).
This moderately sloped hiking and bridle trail meanders through pine and hardwood forests connecting
the mountain and river sections of Pilot Mountain State Park. It then links into the Yadkin Islands Trail,
which continues to the River Parking Lot. *Horses may only be unloaded and trailers parked at the lots
on each end of the Corridor and East Bend Parking Lots. Note: Horse and rider please remain on marked
bridle trail. No horses may cross the Yadkin Valley Railroad.
A moderate trail that begins across from the park office. Trail hikes to the Corridor/Bridle Trail
Parking Lot located on Surry Line Road in Pinnacle. It wanders through lowland pine and
hardwood forests crossing meandering streams with ample seasonal wildflower displays.
A moderately sloped trail that hikes through the woods to the summit. Parking for this trail
is available at the park office. Trail will start across the road from the park office and is to the right.
Trail continues up through the woods to a rock building where you will then cross the main park road
and hike out past the campground. Trail continues between campsites 16 & 17 where it hikes up the
mountain through the woods to the summit. Trail parallels with the Ledge Spring Trail the last ¼ mile.
Please use caution: follow trail past picnic area to the first junction. Trail is to the right. Vegetation on
this trail changes slightly with elevation.
This moderately sloped hiking trail begins at the picnic area in the (North Side Surry County
Side) and meanders along Horne Creek with many varieties of spring wildflower and meets
the Bean Shoals Canal Trail along the river. You can make a loop by returning to the picnic
area on the park road.
Pilot Mountain State Park
The Mountain Section:
March 15 to November 30 : Opens at 7am. Closes at Sunset.
December to February : Opens at 8am. Closes at 6pm.
Campers only may enter the mountain section until the following times:
March,April, October- 9pm
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.
8am - 4:30pm 7 days a week
The park is closed Christmas Day