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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.

 

Whether you are familiar with snakes or terrified, this program is made to help you learn more about the identification and lives of the splendid slithering species that live at Pilot Mountain State Park. Challenge yourself to ‘spot the copperhead’ and maybe meet a local resident snake. We hope you come to join a park ranger to gain a better appreciation and knowledge for these animals. (1 hour)

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/24/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Meet with a Park Ranger to explore the Pilot Creek Access to look for birds and identify butterflies and other pollinators. Please bring your own binoculars, or borrow a set of our limited supply. Meet at Pilot Creek Section of the park off Boyd Nelson Rd.  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, park at the barn after you cross the bridge. (1.5 hours)

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/30/2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access Parking Area

Join us to celebrate Pilot Mountain State Parks 50th Anniversary on Tuesday July 24th! We will host special events throughout the day and evening. 

10:00 a.m.: Year of the Fish program for kids - Pilot Creek Access at Boyd Nelson Rd.

1:00 p.m.: Natural and Cultural History of Pilot Mountain State Park from the 1800's to today- Mark Farnsworth- Department of Cultural Resources - Summit Picnic Shelter

2:00- 4:00 - Acoustic music by Randy Collins and Travis Frye on the Summit Sidewalk

3:00 p.m.: Drone and Infared RADAR demo by Max Messinger- Unmanned Aerial Systems Lab- Wake Forest University- Learn how drones are used for scientific research in the park!-- Summit Parking Area

4:00 p.m.: Children's activities in the field above the Summit Picnic Area

5:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet: The next fifty years at Pilot Mountain

5:00 p.m.-7:00 pm- Acoustic Music by Sunrise Shadow at the Summit Picnic Shelter

7:00 p.m.: "Smoke Signals" - Reenactment from the opening day as a State Park -- Summit Parking Area

8:00 p.m.: Sunset hike around Big Pinnacle

Parking will be limited. For safety, and to leave room for pedestrians in the summit parking area, once the summit lot reaches 3/4 full, all incoming traffic will be directed to the park campground. Yadkin Valley Economic Development District will be providing a free shuttle to the summit from the campground area after that point. Good Times BBQ, a local food truck, will be available for purchasing food at the summit parking area from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Date of Event:
Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area

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

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:
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
Contact:

Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
PinnacleNC 27043
Phone336-325-2355
pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov
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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