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Pilot Mountain State Park


Pilot Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 06/24/2018 - 3:00pm

Whether you are familiar with snakes or terrified, this program is made to help you learn more about the identification and lives of the splendid slithering species that live at Pilot Mountain State Park. Challenge yourself to ‘spot the copperhead’ and maybe meet a local resident snake. We hope you come to join a park ranger to gain a better appreciation and knowledge for these animals.

50th Anniversary Celebration!

Pilot Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:00am

Join us to celebrate Pilot Mountain State Parks 50th Anniversary on Tuesday July 24th! We will host special events throughout the day and evening. 

10:00 a.m.: Year of the Fish program for kids - Pilot Creek Access at Boyd Nelson Rd.

Pilot Creek Trail

This 3.3 mile one way trail starts at the Pilot Creek trailhead on Boyd Nelson Rd off Shoals Rd and the HWY 268 exit of US 52, ending at the family campground, where you can connect to the Grindstone Trail to link to a long loop around the mountain. Hikers must park at Boyd Nelson Rd., you may not park in the campground. The trail crosses tributaries of Pilot Creek and ascends through Pine Oak Heath forests to the campground. This trail was built by our Friends Group, Friends of Sauratown Mountains at no cost to the park.

Hawk Watch

Pilot Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:00am
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:00am
Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:00am
Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:00am
Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:00am
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 09/30/2018 - 11:00am
Mon, 10/01/2018 - 11:00am

Visit members of Forsyth Audubon and Park Rangers as we count and document the number of migrating raptors! Stop by the Little Pinnacle Overlook and look to the skies to see migrating hawks, falcons, eagles, osprey! Use a pair of binoculars to see for yourself and learn about the history of migrating raptors!

Bean Shoals Canal Hike

Pilot Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 03/31/2018 - 11:00am

Join a Ranger for a walk along the remnants of the Bean Shoals Canal wall.  This failed project attempted to make the Bean Shoals navigable by small bateau in the 1820s.  Come hear the colorful story of this attempt to make the Yadkin a thoroughfare of commerce.  Duration – 1 hour, total distance 1 mile.  Meet at the Bean Shoals Canal Trail in the Bean Shoals Access of Pilot Mountain State Park

Fire Ecology Hike

Pilot Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 02/24/2018 - 11:00am

Meet with a park ranger at the TRACK Trail / Sassafras Trail located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot near the restroom for a short walk through recently burned areas of Pilot Mountain State Park. Come learn why we perform prescribed fires at Pilot Mountain, and see firsthand the effects of fire on this mountainous landscape (1 hour)