Celebrate Grandparents Day at Park Ranger way! Join Park Rangers at Pilot Mountain State Park to create a lasting legacy for monarch butterflies! Learn about monarchs, plant milkweed, and even get the chance to participate in a citizen science project that tags monarch butterflies on their migration south! On this day, age doesn't matter when earning your Junior Ranger badge. (Directions to Pilot Creek Access - Off US-52, take the Pilot Mountain exit 134. Head west on Rt. 268 and turn left onto Shoals Road (1st left after gas station). After 0.5 mi., turn left onto Boyd Nelson Road (second left on Shoals Rd. Park access is 0.5 miles down on right).
Events and Programs
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
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.
Every year 1000's of hawks, eagles, falcons, and osprey migrate to Central and South America!!! Visit members of Forsyth Audubon and Park Rangers as we count and document the number of migrating raptors! Stop by the Little Pinnacle Overlook and look to the skies to see migrating raptors! Use a pair of binoculars to see the spectacle for yourself and learn a bit about the history of migrating hawks!!!
Learn tricks and tips for macro photography,capturing spider webs on camera, spiders on the move , and learn to identify some of the common spiders around your backyard.(2 hours).
Learn the story of scientist using spider silk DNA to develop stronger parachute cord, bullet proof vests, and medical sutures. (1hour)
Learn the story of scientists using spider silk DNA to develop stronger parachute cord, bulletproof vests, and medical sutures. (1 hour)
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