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 or corridor trail parking. 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: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 7:24am
The creek crossing on the bridle trail near Stony Ridge Road is closed due to the trail being washed out. Parking and riding the trail is possible at either end of the trail and the trail is opened for riding approximately 3 miles in either direction.Posted on: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 1:17pm
Accesses and parking:
36.32835, -80.46284 - Pinnacle Hotel Rd parking lot - North Corridor Trail and the Mountain Trail parking lot
36.26869, -80.49256 – Entrance to Bean Shoals Access - North River Section - Surry County
36.26760, -80.49548 - South Corridor trail parking - Hauser Rd - Surry County
36.25739, -80.51739 - PIMO canoe launch parking - Yadkin county, Shoals Rd.
36.25315, -80.50842 - Ivy Bluffs Trail Parking, Canoe Camp/Hike in campsite parking- Yadkin County, Shoals Rd.
Pilot Mountain State Park is located in Surry and Yadkin Counties, 16 miles north of Winston-Salem, and 14 miles south of Mount Airy. From US 52, take the Pilot Mountain State Park exit (#131) and travel west into the mountain section of the park, where the park office is located.
Onboard vehicle GPS units are not reliable in the vicinity of the mountain. The park exit is #131 and is a clearly visible brown sign. The mountain is also easily recognizable from as much as 20 miles away on the highway as it is 1400 feet taller than the surrounding area and is located adjacent to US HWY 52. Follow the signs to the park entrance.
The north River Section (Surry County) is 10 miles from the mountain section of the park. From US 52, take the Pinnacle exit and follow the signs to Horne Creek Farm. The park entrance is approximately .4 miles past the farm.
The south River Section (Yadkin County) is 20 miles from the mountain section of the park. Take NC 67 to the town of East Bend. From Main Street follow the signs for the Yadkin River Trail, turning right on Fairground Road. Turn right on Shady Grove Church Road, turn right on Shoals Road, and follow it to the park.
Directions to the Corridor Hiking and Bridle Trail parking areas. The Corridor Trail is 6 miles one way and is moderate in difficulty. Vehicles, including bikes are not allowed on Bridle Trails.
Go to park entrance gate. Turn right on Pilot Knob Rd. Go to the end. Turn right on Old Winston Rd. Go to the end. Turn right on old US Hwy 52. Pass several houses on the left, as well as, a hardware store, post office and church. After the church, turn right on Surry Line Rd. Travel 2-3 miles. Turn left on Culler Rd. The Corridor parking lot is located directly on the right after turning onto Culler Rd.
Directions to Corridor (horse trailer) parking lot on Yadkin River section (north side). Exit US Hwy 52 at Pinnacle. Follow signs for Horne Creek Living Historical Farm. Pass the farm entrance. Pass the entrance to the river section. Corridor (horse trailer) parking lot is approximately .25 (1/4)of a mile after the river entrance.
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Pilot Mountain State Park
The Mountain Section:
March to November : Opens at 7am, Closes at Sunset.
December to February : Opens at 8am, Closes at Sunset.
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