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Upcoming park prescribed burns   

We are planning a large cooperative prescribed burn with the NC Forest Service. This may be a multi day burn that will close portions of the mountain trail and the rock climbing area during the actual burn. Please check the "park news" link at the bottom of the page for more information.

 Posted on: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:11am
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.


This program will cover the basic tackle and techniques needed to go fishing.  Once we have covered the basics we will put what we have learned to use and go fishing in a small farm pond.  There will be some rods and tackle available for participants to use, or you can bring your favorite lucky fishing rod.  Bait will be provided.  This program will be held at the Pilot Creek Access of Pilot Mountain State Park.  Driving Directions from US Hwy 52: Take exit 134, drive west on Hwy 268 and turn left onto Shoals Road (1st left after gas station), after 0.5 miles, turn left onto Boyd Nelson Road.  Once you cross the first bridge on Boyd Nelson Road turn right into the first field and park there.  There will be a half mile walk to the fishing area, if special accommodations are needed for mobility impaired individuals please call the park office at 336-325-2355.

Date of Event:
Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

2018 is the Year of the Fish with North Carolina State Parks! Join park rangers at Pilot Mountain State Park to learn about the diversity of fishes in our local streams by exploring the old Japanese traditional micro-fishing method, Tanago. The object of micro-fishing is not to catch the largest fish, but use small tackle to catch a diversity of very small fish. Many fish throughout the creeks, streams, lakes, and waterways in North Carolina have beautiful coloration and diversity, but are too small for the normal angler to catch. Catching these fish in different micro-habitats within the stream will help us learn more about their behavior and habitat! Join us to learn more about fish diversity in North Carolina and have fun catching fish!
Meet at the picnic area just past the second creek crossing within Bean Shoals Canal Access of Pilot Mountain State Park. For directions, visit our website.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Bean Shoals Access - Picnic Area

Happy Earth Day! Join a Park Ranger to learn the importance of pollinators and how to attract them to your backyard. Learn the difference between a native, introduced, and invasive…
Then get to work and help us remove harmful invasive plants and then learn why we should plant natives! The first 15 participants will go home with a free native plant to help attract these powerful and important pollinators to your backyard. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain their patch as a Junior Ranger at Pilot Mountain State Park! (2 hours)

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/22/2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

Meet with a park ranger at the Summit Area to discuss the animals found at Pilot Mountain State Park and learn about their adaptations! (1 Hour) 

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

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 hawks, falcons, eagles, osprey! Use a pair of binoculars to see for yourself and learn about the history of migrating raptors! Bring the kids to help celebrate Take a Child Outside Week!!!

Date of Event:
Repeats every day until Mon Oct 01 2018.
Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:00am to 4:30pm, Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:00am to 4:30pm, Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:00am to 4:30pm, Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:00am to 4:30pm, Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:00am to 4:30pm, Sat, 09/29/2018 - 11:00am to 4:30pm, Sun, 09/30/2018 - 11:00am to 4:30pm, Mon, 10/01/2018 - 11:00am to 4:30pm
Start Location:
Little Pinnacle Overlook

Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
PinnacleNC 27043
Phone336-325-2355, prescribed fire info page:, prescribed fire notification sign up:
Latitude: 36.341276
Longitude: -80.462930

Park Hours:

The Mountain Section:

March 15 to November 30 : Opens at 7am. Closes at Sunset. 

December to February : Opens at 8am. Closes at 6pm. 

Campers only may enter the mountain section until the following times:
March,April, October- 9pm
May-September- 10pm
November- 8pm

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.

Park Office
8am - 4:30pm 7 days a week 

The park is closed Christmas Day


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