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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.


Join a Park Ranger to discuss what to do if you get lost in the park.  This program will cover some basic steps that can be taken to keep things from getting worse, and how to avoid getting lost.  We will also discuss some items that you can keep with you when you are enjoying the outdoors that are very useful in survival situations.  To get to the amphitheater, travel to the campground and park in gravel lot on the left near information kiosk.  Walk the gravel access road and the amphitheater is on the left.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/27/2018 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater - Family Campground

Meet with a park ranger at the TRACK Trail / Sassafras Trail located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot 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 the effects of fire on this mountainous landscape (0.5 hour)

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/03/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
TRACK Trail, Summit Parking area

Come join the 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!  [Weather Date: Dec. 1st, 2018 - for up to date information on weather, check with the park office the Friday prior to the program at 336-325-2355]

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/10/2018 - 5:30pm to 9:45pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

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 (1 hour)

Date of Event:
Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jomeokee Trail

Skip the lines and the shopping to join a Park Ranger while we #OPToutside and hike the Ledge Spring Trail.  Along the hike we will discuss the benefits of hiking, health benefits behind time outside, while exploring the Ledge Spring Trail and interpreting and enjoying nature along the way!  Meet at the summit parking area near the overlook at the end of the parking lot. 

Date of Event:
Fri, 11/23/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
PinnacleNC 27043
Latitude: 36.341276
Longitude: -80.462930

Map of North Carolina


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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