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Weekend Crowds   

The park fills early and often during the fall. Weekends are pretty much a traffic jam from 10 am until 5pm.

Once the mountain is full no cars will be allowed in until there is enough parking spaces available to meet the demand.

On a average weekend day in the fall over 2000 cars try to utilize the mountain which has only 150 formal parking spaces. The rest of the park is not that busy! See bottom of page for info.

Roadside parking is prohibited. Drive through traffic is not possible when we are full. We suggest visiting on a weekday.  If you want a uninterrupted scenic drive, visit the nearby blue ridge parkway, a scenic roadway designed for the auto tourist: https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

HIKERS : Please READ the following. These lots are seldom if ever crowded and do not require driving into the mountain and fighting traffic.  If you are arriving with a large group of friends to hike, avoid the frustration, plan ahead and USE THESE LOTS!:

Pinnacle Hotel Road parking lot     1459 Pinnacle Hotel Rd, Pinnacle, NC   (leads to mountain trail)
Hauser Road parking lot                  607 Hauser Rd Pinnacle, NC (leads to river section trails on north side of river, corridor trail)
Pilot Creek Access                          303 Boyd Nelson Road, Pilot Mountain, NC (pilot creek trail, leads to mountain)
Bean Shoals Access                        200 Yadkin River Park Trail, Pinnacle, NC (Leads to north side of the Yadkin and Canal Wall)
Ivy Bluff Access                              4454 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC (Leads to the south side of the Yadkin)
 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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 42-site campground is augmented by 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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Crowded weekends at Pilot Mountain State Park

Pilot Mountain State Park is over capacity MOST weekends, especially during the fall. We have limited amount of parking and once it fills, cars will only be let in as space allows.

Please click here to learn more information about planning your weekend visit to the park, as well as a list of other locations nearby that you can visit when the park is full.

 

Seasonal positions

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1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

336-325-2355
pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 36.341276, -80.462930

 

  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • November to February:
    8:30am to 5:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:30am to 7:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:30am to 8:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:30am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

*PLEASE NOTE: Gates are locked promptly at closing. There is no gate entry before or after hours, including campgrounds, except in the case of a medical or law enforcement emergency. No vehicles other than those registered to campers may be left in the park overnight.
 

  • 8:00am to 4:30pm – daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day