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The Pilot Knob at Pilot Mountain State Park. Photo by R. Hill.
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No Shuttle Service 5/14/22-5/15/22   

There will be no shuttle service 5/14/22-5/15/22.  Please refer to the parking alert if you arrive and the road to the summit is closed or a parking lot is full.

 Last updated on: Saturday, May 14, 2022

Parking Areas Have Limited Capacity   

PARKING
If you arrive and a parking lot is full, that area is closed to further traffic. Waiting in line is not permitted. Parking on road shoulders is prohibited. To avoid crowds, please plan your visit on a weekday. If the road to the summit is closed to uphill traffic, you may park at the visitor center or visit another park access area. March-November, on weekends and holidays, you may only drive the road to the summit until that area reaches capacity. Learn more information about parking areas and alternate locations nearby that you can visit when the park is full »

SHUTTLE
March-November, on weekends and holidays, a shuttle service is scheduled to be on-site to transport visitors to the summit lot and back. Shuttle tickets are sold by the vendor in front of the visitor center at the shuttle stop. Limited tickets are available. https://ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/home#notices

 Last updated on: Wednesday, April 6, 2022


Map of North Carolina – Pilot Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

336-444-5100

pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Mountain section
and visitor center

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3412, -80.4629

 

Pilot Creek access

382 Boyd Nelson Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3587, -80.4933

 

Pinnacle Hotel Road/
Culler Road parking

134 Culler Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3280, -80.4631

 

Hauser Road parking

622 Hauser Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.2675, -80.4958

 

Bean Shoals access*

103 Yadkin River Park Trail
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.2647, -80.4878
*Entering this access requires crossing three shallow streams. Visitors may become stranded after rain.

 

Ivy Bluff access

4240 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2537, -80.5087

 

Shoals fishing area
and paddle access

4454 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2574, -80.5171
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March 1 to March 14:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • March 15 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
     

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  • 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
     
  • Gates are locked promptly at closing. There is no gate entry before or after hours, 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.
     

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  • October to February:

​Open daily:
8:00am to 4:00pm
 

  • March to September:

Open daily:
9:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Scheduled events

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.

 

In celebration of NC State Park’s annual theme, Year of the Tree take a walk and read this activity-based book, Backpack Explorer – Discovering Trees. Story Walk is presented by Charles H. Stone Memorial Library and Pilot Mountain State Park. Begin at the Visitor Center and walk part of the Grassy Ridge Trail (white triangles). Follow the pages and the signs. Story Walk was designed by Ann Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont.

Date of Event:
Wed, 05/11/2022 - 8:00am to Mon, 06/13/2022 - 2:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet with a ranger for a discussion on the essentials for a day hike. A 3-mile hike on the Grassy Ridge and Mountain Trail will follow the discussion.

Date of Event:
Fri, 05/20/2022 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a park ranger on the Little Pinnacle Overlook to learn what can be seen from its panoramic view.  

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/21/2022 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Little Pinnacle Overlook

Join a ranger at Pilot Creek Access to learn about insects. We will explore their anatomy and hike to find our six-legged friends. Then we will try out different techniques of catch and release. Please bring water and wear proper outdoor attire. Email maggie.miller@ncparks.gov to reserve a spot.

Date of Event:
Sun, 05/22/2022 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

Join a park ranger on the Little Pinnacle Overlook to learn what can be seen from its panoramic view.  

Date of Event:
Sun, 05/22/2022 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Little Pinnacle Overlook