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 Posted on: Friday, November 2, 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.


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 of Black Friday, #OPTOUTSIDE, and join a park ranger on a refreshing hike along the Ledge Spring Trail.  We will be talking about local wildlife and geology along the way. This strenuous two-mile trail will not disappoint with great views of the surrounding landscape and colorful cliff lines.  Maybe even get the opportunity to see some rock climbers in action along the way!  

Date of Event:
Fri, 11/23/2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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:
Sat, 11/24/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Jomeokee Trail

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, 12/08/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater - Family Campground

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

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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