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Summit Area Closed - Ice   

Road to the summit of Pilot Mountain State Park will remained closed due to ice on the road and unsafe driving conditions.  

 Last updated on: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Bridle Trails Closed   

Bridle trails are closed to horses due to wet and unfavorable conditions. Trails will remain closed until sufficient drying has occurred.  Hiking these trails is permitted. 

 Last updated on: Sunday, February 17, 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.

 

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, 03/02/2019 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
TRACK Trail, Summit Parking area

Come join as Park Rangers and members of the Forsyth Astronomical Society help you find your way in the sky! Telescopes will be provided for public use and various activities led by volunteers will take place throughout the evening. Hope to get good views of the stars and maybe even a planet or two! It will be OUT OF THIS WORLD! (4 hours) [No Rain Date Scheduled]

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/09/2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Meet with a park ranger to learn the slimy lifestyle of salamanders that call Pilot Mountain State Park home. We will start at the Park Office and learn about salamander life cycle, how to properly handle these amazing creatures, enjoy activities that introduce you to species around the park, then hike to explore some salamander habitat! (2 hrs).

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/16/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Whether you are familiar with snakes or terrified, this program is made to help you learn more about the identification and lives of the splendid slithering species that live at Pilot Mountain State Park. Challenge yourself to ‘spot the copperhead’ and maybe meet a local resident snake. We hope you come join to gain a better appreciation and knowledge for these animals. (1 Hr)

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/17/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

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, 03/23/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot
Contact:

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

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

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 36.341276, -80.462930

 

*MOUNTAIN SECTION:
  • 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

*MOUNTAIN SECTION CAMPGROUND GATE:
  • 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

*RIVER SECTION:
  • 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

*PLEASE NOTE: The Bean Shoals and Ivy Bluff accesses at the river section are 10 and 20 miles, respectively, 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 the case of a medical or law enforcement emergency. No vehicles other than those registered to campers may be left in the park overnight.

 

PARK OFFICE HOURS:

8:00am to 4:30pm – daily

Closed Christmas Day