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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
Creek crossing closure...   

The creek crossing on the bridle trail near Stony Ridge Road is closed due to the trail being washed out. Parking and riding the trail is possible at either end of the trail and the trail is opened for riding approximately 3 miles in either direction.

 Posted on: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 1:17pm
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.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot

Ever walk through the grass at night with a flashlight and see tiny sparkling diamonds glimmering back?  Join a park ranger in a quest to explore the campground to look for spider eyes glimmering by flashlight and learn more about the world of spiders and why they are important to us.

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/04/2017 - 9:00pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Campground Registration Kiosk

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.

Date of Event:
Sat, 08/05/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area

Meet with a park ranger at the TRACK Trail/Sassafras Trail located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot near the restroom for a short walk through recently burned areas of Pilot Mountain State Park.  Come learn why we perform prescribed fires at Pilot Mountain, and see firsthand the effects of fire on this mountainous landscape.

Date of Event:
Sat, 08/05/2017 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot

Join a park ranger for a trek along the Ledge Spring Trail.  This strenuous trail will be sure to give you the workout you've been looking for while learning more about Pilot Mountain along the way.  We may even get the chance to see some rock climbers in action as we meander along the base of the clif.  (2.5 miles/1.5 hours)

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Start Location:
Summit 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