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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

 

  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March 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
     

*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

     

CLIMBERS AND GRINDSTONE HIKERS! READ ME!   

As part of a erosion control effort and to reduce visitor use conflicts, the upper part of the Grindstone Trail below the summit parking lot has been rerouted, effective immediately. 

Hikers- The new Grindstone trail starts next to the picnic area, then leads downhill 1 mile to the Ledge Springs Trail.  The blazes remain blue and the total trail distance is still 3 miles one way ending at the park office.  It remains a better hike to start the Grindstone Trail from the park office.  The Ledge Springs trail is now only the lower trail below the cliff line, it does not parallel the Grindstone at any point.

Climbers- The approach to the routes has changed. Temporary signage is in place while permanent signage has been ordered.

For top rope access to Chickenbone/Parking lot area: The access remains the same (the climber gate just below the registration kiosk). To access the bottom of the cliff, follow the Jomeokee trail (behind bathroom) to its first right hand turn to walk to the bottom of Chickenbone.

For all other routes and areas: Use the new grindstone trail adjacent to the new picnic area. Follow the blue blazed Grindstone Trail downhill to the new shortcut trail to 3 Bears Gully.  Access all routes uphill of 3 Bears - such as the Big Arete, Amphitheatre, Black Rain etc. by walking uphill from the midway point of 3 Bears Gully. 

A map of the new trail route is linked here: https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/pilot-mountain-state-park-climbing-accesses-map.pdf

Also  linked from the front page of our website as the climbing map

 Last updated on: Sunday, January 12, 2020

***PHOTOGRAPHERS - AREA CLOSED*** Read...   

Due to disturbance caused by foot traffic from photography, photo shoots, and their clients; the grassy fields at the Summit Parking Area and around the Summit Area will be CLOSED to allow the area to regrow to prevent future erosion and protect rare, uncommon plant species. Please stay on marked paths and trails at the summit.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Scheduled events

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.

 

Meet with a park ranger at the TRACK Trail located near the restroom for a short walk through recently burned areas of Pilot Mountain State Park.  Come learn why we perform prescribed fires at Pilot Mountain, and see firsthand effects of fire on this mountainous landscape 

Date of Event:
Sat, 01/25/2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
TRACK Trail / Sassafras Trail

In a partnership with Forsyth Astronomical Society and Pilot Mountain State Park, join us for a fun filled evening of moon, sky, and star related fun! Join us as we look at the moon, planets, stars, and other deep-space objects! It will be out of this world! Please bring a red flashlight. This program is subject to cancellation based on poor viewing conditions and weather. If unfavorable conditions exsist, please contact the park office to see if the event is to be rescheduled. Rain date: February 29th 2019

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/15/2020 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Meet with a Park Ranger to learn more about invasive species in Pilot Mountain State Park. We will explore how invasive species arrive, their impact on native communities, and what is being done to control these species.  

(Directions: Drive to 308 Hauser Rd, Pinnacle, NC 27043 (Corridor Trail Parking))

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/01/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Corridor Lot - Hauser Road Parking Area - North River Section

Join Park Rangers and Staff at Pilot Mountain State Park as we celebrate the ‘Burning to Conserve North Carolina State Parks – 2020, the Year of Fire!” What is prescribed fire?  Why use fire in the landscape? How is burning beneficial to wildlife and public lands? What precautions are taken to control and maintain these fires? Learn the answers to all these questions and more, as we demonstrate with an active prescribed fire!  Demonstrations may be cancelled due to adverse weather. Check the website on the day prior to the event for an ALERT notifying cancellations https://www.ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/home

(Directions: Meet at Pilot Creek Access – 370 Boyd Nelson Rd., Pinnacle, NC 27043)

Date of Event:
Wed, 03/04/2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access Parking Area

 
Want to be part of the preservation of Pilot Mountain for generations to come? Volunteer with park staff as we rehabilitate and reconstruct years of impact and visitation.  We will be using tools and brush to remove and rehabilitate trails around the Summit Area. Please bring a personal re-useable water bottle, gloves, snacks, and sturdy footwear for field work. We will meet at the Summit Parking Area. Limited to 30 participants. Registration required, specify date – To register, email jesse.anderson@ncparks.gov

Date of Event:
Fri, 03/06/2020 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area