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Expect Delays for parking at the Mountain on weekends   

The park will be over capacity every weekend it is not rainy or cold. We have a limited amount of parking and once it fills, cars will only be let in as space allows. Once inside the park you can expect a wait for a parking space. Hikers can easily avoid this by visiting our yadkin river section parking lots, corridor trail parking parking lots, or pilot creek parking lot. These lots are rarely crowded. Visitors whose goal is a scenic drive only will be better served to visit the blue ridge parkway, as there is no through traffic possible when we fill up. We encourage visitors that can visit during the week to do so, or arrive early. You can check the parks traffic status by using the app "Waze". We also post warning signage near the park entrance. 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.

 Posted on: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 9:04am
upcoming park prescribed burn- FRIDAY MARCH 23RD- Mountain Trail, 1/10 of lower ledge springs trail closed   

A prescribed burn  will be conducted between 10am and 3pm, closing .25 mile of the mountain trail and 1/10 of a mile of the ledge springs trail.  No visitors will be allowed to hike through these trails during the burn, but you may hike out and back on either trail. All other trails and facilities will remain open. Please understand this short term inconvenience for forest health benefit and decreased wildfire risk.  All facilities will be reopened after a post burn safety evaluation. Some smoke may linger until rain expected to return for the weekend.

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 Posted on: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:51pm

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 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
May-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