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Summit Area Closed - Ice   

Road to the summit of Pilot Mountain State Park will remained closed due to ice on the road and unsafe driving conditions.  

 Last updated on: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Bridle Trails Closed   

Bridle trails are closed to horses due to wet and unfavorable conditions. Trails will remain closed until sufficient drying has occurred.  Hiking these trails is permitted. 

 Last updated on: Sunday, February 17, 2019

Fees/FAQs/Rules

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.

Fishing

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

Climbing

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.

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 pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov or call 336-325-2355.

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

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.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Contact:

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

336-325-2355
pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 36.341276, -80.462930

 

*MOUNTAIN SECTION:
  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March 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

*MOUNTAIN SECTION CAMPGROUND GATE:
  • 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

*RIVER SECTION:
  • 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

*PLEASE NOTE: The Bean Shoals and Ivy Bluff accesses at the river section are 10 and 20 miles, respectively, 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 the case of a medical or law enforcement emergency. No vehicles other than those registered to campers may be left in the park overnight.

 

PARK OFFICE HOURS:

8:00am to 4:30pm – daily

Closed Christmas Day