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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
upcoming park prescribed burns

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 Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 8:15am
Horse Trails are closed due to wet conditions.    

Horse Trails are closed due to wet conditions. This alert will be removed when they reopen 

 Posted on: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:04am
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 Ranger for a walk along the remnants of the Bean Shoals Canal wall.  This failed project attempted to make the Bean Shoals navigable by small bateau in the 1820s.  Come hear the colorful story of this attempt to make the Yadkin a thoroughfare of commerce.  Duration – 1 hour, total distance 1 mile.  Meet at the Bean Shoals Canal Trail in the Bean Shoals Access of Pilot Mountain State Park.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/31/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Bean Shoals Canal Trail

Have you ever wondered what is swimming underneath the water in a small creek? If so come to Pilot Mountain State Park and find out what is in Pilot Creek.  Join a Park Ranger as we explore the creek, during this program we will sample the creek using electrofishing equipment and what we find may be truly shocking!  Please wear clothing and shoes you can get wet and if you have your own waders please feel free to bring them and you can help with the electrofishing.  Meet at the 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.  Once you cross the first bridge on Boyd Nelson Road turn right into the first field and park there.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/14/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access Parking Area

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