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Bean Shoals Access road closed/Corridor...   

Due to recent heavy rains the North River Section the Bean Shoals Access road and Corridor lots are closed. Trails remain open to hiking. Do not block gates.
 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bridle Trails Closed to horses   

 
Due to wet conditions bridle trails are closed to horses until sufficient drying has occurred. Trails remain open to hiking.
 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 18, 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.

 

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. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/22/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area

In a partnership with Forsyth Astronomical Society and Pilot Mountain State Park, join us for a fun filled afternoon and evening of moon, sky, and star related activities!  Bounce your way through history of moon-exploration and celebrate the amazing journey of Apollo 11's landing on our moon. 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 or see park staff for free red filters for your white light – ask why? 
**After scheduled closing, overlooks and trails away from the Summit Parking Area will be closed**

Date of Event:
Thu, 07/04/2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area Only - Overlooks will be closed at sunset

Meet with a park ranger at the Jomeokee Trailhead. During the hike, we will be discussing the park's history, geology and local flora and fauna 

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/06/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Jomeokee Trailhead

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. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/14/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area

Join Park Rangers to celebrate the Year of the Snake by searching for these amazing animals and learning more about their outstanding adaptations, their importance, and role in our environment. The program includes a hike on uneven terrain, so bring sturdy boots for walking. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

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

 

Map of North Carolina

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