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
The creek crossing on the bridle trail near Stony Ridge Road is closed due to the trail being washed out. Parking and riding the trail is possible at either end of the trail and the trail is opened for riding approximately 3 miles in either direction.Posted on: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 1:17pm
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.
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 email@example.com or call 336-325-2355.
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.
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