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Expect Delays for parking at the Mountain on weekends   

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
Creek crossing closure...   

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
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.


Learn the story of scientist using spider silk DNA to develop stronger parachute cord, bullet proof vests, and medical sutures. (1hour)

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater

Learn the story of scientist using spider silk DNA to develop stronger parachute cord, bullet proof vests, and medical sutures.  Parking available on the left in the campground near the registration kiosk.

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheatre

Join a park ranger for a trek along the Ledge Spring Trail.  This strenuous trail will be sure to give you the workout you've been looking for while learning more about Pilot Mountain along the way.  We may even get the chance to see some rock climbers in action.  (2.5 miles/1.5 hours)

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Start Location:
Summit Area

Parents do you need something for the kids to do while you take down the tent and pack the car for the ride back home?  Have them join a Ranger at the campground amphitheater for an educational program about some of the animals that can be found at the park.  The program will last 45 minutes.  The campground amphitheater is located to the left of the information kiosk as you enter the campground, look for the white NC State Ranger pickup truck.

Date of Event:
Sun, 10/22/2017 - 9:30am to 10:15am
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater

Do you love the fall?  Visiting the park to experience the colors of autumn?  Ever wonder why some leaves turn orange when others turn red, blue, or yellow?  Meet with a Park Ranger to learn about the natural mystery of why our leaves change different colors and leave appreciating autumn color with a whole new outlook!  We will be hiking the TRACK Trail, meet near the restroom.

Date of Event:
Sun, 10/22/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Pilot Mountain State Park

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

Park Hours:

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
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