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The Pilot Knob at Pilot Mountain State Park. Photo by R. Hill.
Parking Areas Have Limited Capacity   

If you arrive and a parking lot is full, that area is closed to further traffic. Waiting in line is not permitted.  Parking on road shoulders is prohibited.  To avoid crowds, please plan your visit on a weekday.
If the road to the summit is closed to uphill traffic, you may park at the new visitor center or visit another park access area.  Learn more information about parking areas and alternate locations nearby that you can visit when the park is full »

March-November on weekends and holidays you may only drive the road to the summit until the upper lot is full.  Once the lot has filled the road is closed to uphill visitor traffic. A shuttle service will be on-site to transport visitors to the summit lot and back. Shuttle tickets are sold in front of the visitor center at the shuttle stop. Limited tickets are available. Masks are required to ride the shuttle. 

The visitor center gift shop and exhibit hall are open. Restrooms are open at the new visitor center in the breezeway and at the summit parking lot. Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required for indoor areas of Pilot Mountain State Park.

Family Campground season is March 15th-November 30th. Reservations may be made by calling Reserve America at 1-877-722-6762 during call center hours or online through Reserve America until 8 pm on the day of arrival.  There are no walk-up sales. Please visit the Camping page to learn about the check-in procedures »

 Last updated on: Monday, November 22, 2021

Map of North Carolina – Pilot Mountain State Park

Contact the park



Mountain section
and visitor center

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3412, -80.4629


Pinnacle Hotel Road/
Culler Road parking

134 Culler Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3280, -80.4631


Hauser Road parking

622 Hauser Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.2675, -80.4958


Pilot Creek access

382 Boyd Nelson Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3587, -80.4933


Bean Shoals access*

103 Yadkin River Park Trail
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.2647, -80.4878
*Entering this access requires crossing three shallow streams. Visitors may become stranded after rain.


Ivy Bluff access

4240 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2537, -80.5087


Shoals fishing area
and paddle access

4454 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2574, -80.5171



  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March 1 to March 14:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • March 15 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
  • Gates are locked promptly at closing. There is no gate entry before or after hours, 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.


  • October to February:

​Open daily:
8:00am to 4:00pm

  • March to September:

Open daily:
9:00am to 5:00pm

  • Closed Christmas Day







 Find and book a campsite or facility online

 Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762

Available camping facilities

► Tent and trailer camping

The lower slopes of Pilot Mountain house the family camping area where 42 campsites for tents and trailers are scattered among oaks and hickories.

Each site has a tent pad, table, and fire pit/grill. Drinking water is available throughout the campground, and two bathhouses with hot showers are located nearby.

Some campsites can accommodate RVs. There are no hookups or dump station provided. Please visit the reservations website for more information about the driveway length of each campsite.

The campground host sells firewood. Gathering wood in the park is prohibited.

No more than six people are allowed to occupy a campsite. The camping area is open from March 15 to November 30.

Please review the important information below regarding check in.


► Paddle-in camping

Two paddle-in campsites are located at the Ivy Bluffs access on the south bank of Yadkin River. Reservations are required to use these campsites.

There is no water or toilet facilities at these campsites. You must bring your own water and pack out all trash and waste.

Camping is allowed only in designated areas. Camping is prohibited on the Yadkin River Islands. 

The nearest boat access upstream from the campsite is located at the Shoals fishing and boating access, at 4454 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC 27018. The paddle from this access is about 1 mile. As of March 15, 2021, the next downstream boat access at Donnaha Park is closed until Fall 2023. Please plan accordingly.


Important information

Check-in and check-out times

Check-in at Pilot Mountain State Park is 4:00pm and check-out is at 3:00pm.

Some parks can accommodate early check-in, depending on the reservation schedule and site availability. Please contact the park to make such arrangements: or 336-444-5100. There are no late check outs at Pilot Mountain.

For the tent and trailer campsites: If the road is open past the traffic circle, proceed to the campground and check in with the campground host at site #36. If the road is closed, check in at the visitor center if you arrive prior to 5 p.m., and if you arrive after the visitor center has closed, please call the number posted outside the visitor center for instructions.

For paddle-in campsites: Do not come to the visitor center to check in. Please proceed directly to the river section after 4 p.m. (there is no early check in for paddle-in campsites). Campers cannot drive to the site. The distance to paddle is 1 mile, or you can carry your supplies on a 0.5-mile hike.



Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathhouses or pit toilets, or has RV hookups; and learn other important information.

Gate access

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time.

If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number. Please notify the campground host for emergencies only.

For paddle-in campers, the Shoals boating and canoe access is open 24 hours.


Changes and cancellations

You can now cancel reservations online by logging into your account on the reservations website. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel a reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by the reservations system to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.

Camping rates per night

Campsite type

Nightly rate

Tent and trailer campsite


Primitive campsite
paddle-in campsites



all rates listed above include $3 reservation fee




Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 11:00am
Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 3:00pm
Sunday, February 6, 2022 - 3:00pm