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road construction/paving underway   

The first .2 miles of park road is being graded and repaved as part of the roadway changes with the connect NC bond project.  The first .2 miles is gravel and there will be traffic delays
during roadway and visitor center work as flagging operations are in place.

 Last updated on: Friday, April 19, 2019

Events and Programs

Pilot Mountain State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Celebrate Earth Day by getting your hands dirty and volunteering with us! Help us push back on our pushy plants!!  Join Park Rangers as we work to benefit wildlife by removing invasive species so that our natives have room to grow!  Park rangers will begin the event with a short interpretive hike, looking at native pollinators and wildflowers, then participants will get the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of the resource by removing and treating invasive plants!  Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, a reusable water bottle, your favorite gardening gloves, and a bag-lunch if you plan to stay for a long time. Tools will be provided.  Gloves are available at limited supply. This is a great way to earn your badge as a Junior Ranger at Pilot Mountain State Park! We hope to see you there! 

Date of Event:
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

Join a park ranger to learn more about the amazing world of snakes as we search for some of our residents that call Pilot Mountain State Park, "Home."  We will be learning about the amazing camoflauge, color, and diversity of the snakes in North Carolina. Plan to learn more about snake life cycles, how to handle them, where to look, and more!  Wear sturdy shoes for walking, as we will slither along on an adventure you will never forget!

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/27/2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

Join park rangers to step back in time to learn more about geology, its processes, and what makes Pilot Mountain unique.  Basic to advanced topics of geologic interest will be covered.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/27/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Jomeokee Trailhead

Join a park ranger for a hike to look for spring migrants and to view an active bald eagle’s nest in the park! – We will be hiking the Horne Creek Trail, which is approximately 3 miles round trip and of moderate difficulty. Meet at the picnic area past the second creek crossing. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or borrow ours [limited supply]. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/28/2019 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Bean Shoals Access - Picnic Area

Meet with a park ranger at the Summit Area to discuss the animals found at Pilot Mountain State Park and learn about their adaptations

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/04/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area
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1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

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

 

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GPS: 36.341276, -80.462930

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Closed Christmas Day

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*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