Join a park ranger for the Great Backyard Bird Count! – This time we would look and listen for our resident and wintering owls in the park. We will plan to hike the Jomeokee Trail which is 0.8 miles round trip and of moderate difficulty. Bring a flashlight (preferably with a red filter), binoculars, and dress for the weather. (1 hour)
Events and Programs
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
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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.
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 (1 hour)
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.
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.
Pilot Mountain State Park
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
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.
8am - 4:30pm 7 days a week
The park is closed Christmas Day