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All of the park is currently closed to all use due to heavy snow. Road plowing has not been effective due to the rate of snowfall. If you block gates or obstruct traffic your car is subject to towing. This alert will be removed when we reopen.

 Posted on: Sunday, December 9, 2018
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 at the Little Pinnacle Overlook to learn what you can see from this unique vantage point.  The view from the Little Pinnacle allows visitors to see a large expanse of the piedmont triad all the way to Grandfather Mountain.  There will be a spotting scope available for use and prominent landmarks and peaks will be pointed out to visitors.  Feel free to stop by anytime between 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/09/2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Little Pinnacle Overlook

Join a park ranger for a short hike to learn methods in tracking animals in the park, identify and learn characteristics of animal footprints, and explore a fun quiz… Who’s SCAT is THAT? 

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/29/2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Join park rangers and Forsyth Astronomical Society to view the Comet Wirtanen (46P), among other heavenly celestial bodies!  Comet 46P will be the closest passing and brightest comet within our viewing area for the next 20 years!  Join us to enjoy this amazing event! Telescopes will be available for viewing. It will be out of this world!  

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/29/2018 - 5:45pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Start the New Year on the right foot! Come and meet with a Park Ranger on the first day of the new year. During the easy .8 hike on Jomeokee Trail, we will be discussing the park's history, geology and local flora and fauna. 

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Start the New Year on the right foot! Come and meet with a Park Ranger on the first day of the new year. Get some exercise in by hiking the strenuous Ledge Springs Trail. Led by a park ranger, we will hike this trail, discussing park history, local wildlife, geology, and interpreting anything else along the way! 

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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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