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Park at Capacity by 10:00 a.m. on Weekends   

Pilot Mountain now routinely reaches capacity by 10:00 a.m. on weekends. If you do not arrive by this time, you are not likely to get a parking spot until the afternoon.  

 Last updated on: Friday, July 31, 2020

Status of park facilities as of 7/29   


Bring water as the fountains are off.  Park office and park office restrooms are closed.

Summit restrooms are open but are closed periodically throughout the day to be cleaned.

Campground is closed through at least Sept 15th due to lightning damage to sewer system.

Executive Order 147 effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26 requires wearing face coverings when in public places, indoors or outdoors, where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who aren’t in the same household or residence isn’t possible, unless an exception applies.

PARKING:  Open parking areas have limited capacity. Parking on road shoulders is prohibited. If you arrive and a parking area is full, consider that area closed. When parking lots fill, there will be no waiting in line to get in. All cars will be turned away.

Capacity for parking areas:
Top of the mountain – 80 cars 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle NC
Park office – 30 cars    1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle NC
Pinnacle Hotel Road – 50 cars  134 Culler Road, Pinnacle NC
Pilot Creek Trailhead – 15 cars  382 Boyd Nelson Road, Pinnacle NC
Hauser Road – 40 cars  622 Hauser Road, Pinnacle NC
Ivy Bluffs Trailhead – 20 cars  4240 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC
Ivy Bluffs canoe launch – 10 cars  4454 Shoals Road, East Bend NC

 Last updated on: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bridle Trails CAUTION   

Due to a culvert collapse the Corridor bridle trail can only be ridden to midway.


 Last updated on: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Pilot Mountain State Park

Contact the park



Mountain section
and park office

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3412, -80.4629


Pinnacle Hotel Road/
Culler Road parking

134 Culler Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3280, -80.4631


Hauser Road parking

622 Hauser Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.2675, -80.4958


Pilot Creek access

382 Boyd Nelson Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3587, -80.4933


Bean Shoals access

103 Yadkin River Park Trail
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.2647, -80.4878


Ivy Bluff access

4240 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2537, -80.5087


Shoals fishing area

4454 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2574, -80.5171



  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March 1 to March 14:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • March 15 to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • November:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • November to February:
    8:30am to 5:00pm
  • March to April:
    8:30am to 7:00pm
  • May to September:
    8:30am to 8:00pm
  • October:
    8:30am to 7:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Gates are locked promptly at closing. There is no gate entry before or after hours, except in the case of a medical or law enforcement emergency. No vehicles other than those registered to campers may be left in the park overnight.


  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day




Additional information

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.


Anglers need a state fishing license and must obey the regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.


The following state park climbing regulations apply at all times:

  • All climbers must register with the park staff and must keep in their possession a valid rock climbing and rappelling permit.
  • NC state parks do not install or maintain any climbing route or fixed anchors. New routes are not permitted.
  • Climbers climb at their own risk and are responsible for obtaining proper equipment and training. Unroped climbing is discouraged.
  • Route selection and the decision to rely on any fixed anchors are the climber's responsibility.
  • Climbing activities are permitted in designated areas only and must coincide with the park's posted hours of operation.
  • All accidents and injuries must be reported to park staff.

Note: All climbers and rappellers must schedule their activity in order to leave the park by the posted closing hour.

All commercial or organized/affiliated climbing groups must register with the park in advance via the Special Activity Permit. Commercial and climbing groups must pay a $35 fee for the permit.

Equestrian Trail Closure Policy

  • Closing of Pilot Mountain State Park bridle trails will be considered when it rains a minimum of 0.5" in 24 hours.
  • Trail conditions will be inspected by park staff on the day of the closure.
  • Once the trail conditions have been confirmed to not be suitable for riding, all horse trails, including the corridor trail, grassy ridge trail, and river section bridle trails will be closed to bridle use for a minimum of 3 days.
  • After 3 days with no significant additional rain or precipitation, Park staff will verify trail conditions for potential opening or continued closing.
  • Trail closure status will be posted under "alerts" on the state park website and updated only when the status has changed. The phone number to call for trail closure information is 336-325-2355.
  • Riding on wet trails creates low spots which hold water and widens the trail resulting in extensive damage. Keeping the trails closed when wet will allow the trails to recover and prevent further damage. A significant investment has been made in maintaining park bridle trails and these closures are made to preserve this resource for your continued enjoyment.
  • Partnering with community support through trail reconstruction projects and ongoing trail maintenance, Pilot Mountain State park's long term goal is to create sustainable, all weather trails that are open year round. If you are interested in volunteering to maintain the recreational resource you enjoy, email or call 336-325-2355.


Research and collection permits

A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.


Events and special activities

Hosting some events — such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc. — may require a Special Activity Permit. If you are unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, please contact the park office beforehand.

Permit fees are listed in the table below. Please note that additional expenses incurred by the park may be charged in addition to the permit fee. A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.


» Download a Special Activity Permit


Special Activity Permit type

Permit fee

Special use


Non-corporate event
attendance of 60 or less


Non-corporate event
attendance of more than 60


Corporate event
attendance of 100 or less


Corporate event
attendance of more than 100


Commercial event (nonprofit)


Commercial event (for-profit)


Commercial, organized or affiliated
climbing group permit