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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




Area information

Accesses and parking

  • Mountain section and visitor center
    1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
  • Pilot Creek access – Pilot Creek Trail
    382 Boyd Nelson Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
  • Pinnacle Hotel Road/Culler Road parking – Mountain and Corridor trails
    134 Culler Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
  • Hauser Road parking – Corridor Trail and north river section
    622 Hauser Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
  • Bean Shoals access – north river section
    103 Yadkin River Park Trail, Pinnacle, NC 27043
  • Ivy Bluff access – south river section
    4240 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC 27018
  • Shoals fishing area — south river section fishing and paddling access
    4454 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC 27018



Pilot Mountain State Park is located in Surry and Yadkin Counties, 20 miles north of Winston-Salem, and 14 miles south of Mount Airy.

► To the mountain section and visitor center

From U.S. 52, take the Pilot Mountain State Park exit (#131) and travel west into the mountain section of the park, where the visitor center 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 1,400 feet taller than the surrounding area and is located adjacent to U.S. 52. Follow the signs to the park entrance.

Directions from Google »


► To Pilot Creek Trailhead

Continue north on U.S. 52 to the town of Pilot Mountain exit. Turn left off the ramp. Turn west on N.C. 268 for 0.2 mile, then south on Shoals Road. After 0.5 mile, turn left on Boyd Nelson Road to reach the trailhead.

Directions from Google »


► To Pinnacle Hotel Road/Culler Road parking

The Corridor Trail is 6 miles one way and is moderate in difficulty. Vehicles, including bikes, are not allowed on bridle trails.

From the park entrance, turn right on Pilot Knob Park Road. At the stop sign, turn right on Old Winston Road. Turn right on Old U.S. 52 South. At the post office, turn right on Surry Line Road. Follow this road for 2 miles to the intersection with Culler Road, and the parking area is on the left.

Directions from Google »


► To Hauser Road parking

Exit U.S. 52 at Pinnacle. Follow the signs for Horne Creek Living Historical Farm. Pass the farm entrance. Pass the entrance to the river section. This parking area is 0.7 mile past the Horne Creek Living Historical Farm.

Directions from Google »


► To Bean Shoals access

The north river section (Surry County) is 10 miles from the mountain section of the park.

From U.S. 52, take the Pinnacle exit and follow the signs to Horne Creek Farm. The access entrance is approximately 0.4 mile past the farm.

Directions from Google »


► To Ivy Bluff access

The south river section (Yadkin County) is 20 miles from the mountain section of the park.

Take N.C. 67 to the town of East Bend. From Main Street, turn right on Fairground Road. Turn right on Shady Grove Church Road, and then another right on Shoals Road. Follow it to the access entrance.

Directions from Google »


► To Shoals fishing area and paddle access

This access is 0.3 mile past Ivy Bluff access.

Directions from Google »


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Upcoming Events:

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