An initiative to collect stories and memories from past land owners, visitors, and staff to share the importance of conservation at Pilot Mountain as a park, preserve it's connection to the local community, and invoke stewardship for future generations. Join a park ranger at the Charles Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain to share your story and memories from visiting the mountain through audio recording.
Events and Programs
Due to training scheduled at the park there will be limited parking at the Summit parking lot. The Rock Climbing area will be closed to the public.
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)
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)
Learn skills in weather data-recording and how to correctly ID raptors in flight based on field marks and behavior while helping volunteer for this awesome community science program!
Participating in this training will give you the skills to sign up as a hawk-watch volunteer and help identify these birds during migration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this training. Ages 15 and older – advanced skill in hawk ID not needed, but beneficial.
Namasté the raptor way! Join a park ranger for a relaxing yoga session based on the active lifestyles of our native birds of prey. Plan to stretch your wings the way our migrating hawks do before their long journey south. We will end the program with a short walk to the Little Pinnacle Overlook to look for these avian avatars.
Pilot Mountain State Park
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
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