Shop Reservations Newsroom


50th Anniversary Celebration!

The pinnacle at Pilot Mountain State Park
Home >> Pilot Mountain State Park >> Events and Programs >> 50th Anniversary Celebration!

50th Anniversary Celebration!

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.

11:30 a.m.: Raptors, A Bird's Eye View - LIVE Animal Talk with Wildlife Rehab Inc. and a Park Ranger - Talk about local and migrant raptors and their amazing adaptations.

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: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Start Location: 
Summit Parking Area

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


Find more about Weather in Pilot Mountain, NC
Click for weather forecast