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The pinnacle at Pilot Mountain State Park
Bean shoals road closed for maintenance 10/21 through 10/23   

The bean shoals rd will be closed for road maintenance on October 21 through October 23. This does not affect visitors hiking in.  

 Last updated on: Monday, October 19, 2020

WEEKEND Road info: Road Open to Cars 7am to 10am- Shuttle Only 10am to 6pm- Road reopens at 6pm until closing   

** FACILITIES AND PARKING ARE LIMITED. NO ROAD SHOULDER PARKING IS ALLOWED. **

WEEKEND/HOLIDAY SHUTTLE IN USE DUE TO LIMITED PARKING AND RECORD VISITATION 
The Pilot Mountain shuttle starts running from 10:00am to 6:00pm every Saturday, Sunday and state holidays until the day after Thanksgiving.
The summit (upper) parking area will be allowed to fill from 7:00am to 10:00am. At that point, the shuttle will take over for all uphill vehicle traffic.  The shuttle has a capacity of 22 people with one wheelchair lift. Passengers will be asked to wear masks and the vehicle will be disinfected after each trip.
All uphill traffic already in the park can leave freely, but no more incoming vehicle traffic will occur between 10:00am and 6:00pm past the new visitor center. This still leaves the road completely open to all car traffic 7:00am to 10:00am and 6:00pm to 8:00pm on weekends and holidays, and every weekday from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
If visitors want to order tickets in advance, they may do so at https://promo.parking.com/charlotte-pilot-mountain-shuttle/ or they can order on-site via credit card or the Parking.com app. No cash transactions. Ordering tickets in advance guarantees a ride, not a specific time
The shuttle leaves from the bus stop in front of the new visitor center.  Under COVID phase 3.0 the visitor center gift shop and exhibit hall are open with a max capacity of 25 people. Bathrooms are open and available.
The fare is $5.00 for adults, kids 13 and under ride free. The fare for a one-way trip  down (space available) is $2.50. Last trip down is 6:15 pm.
Visitors who arrive after the summit lot is full will have the option of either riding the shuttle from the new visitor center, or parking at the new visitor center and hiking the trails up, or visiting one of the other parking areas across the park at remote trailheads.

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.
Visitor Center parking – 200 cars – (Grindstone Trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, Mountain Trail)
Old Park Office parking  – 30 cars
Summit (upper) parking  –  90 cars – (Jomeokee Trail, overlooks, Ledge Springs Trail)
Use the following lots if you want to skip the crowds and get a longer hike, or visit the Yadkin River:
Pinnacle Hotel Road – 50 cars  134 Culler Road, Pinnacle NC – (Leads to the Mountain Trail and Corridor Trail, and Grassy Ridge Trail)
Pilot Creek Trailhead – 15 cars  382 Boyd Nelson Road, Pinnacle NC – (Leads to the Pilot Creek Trail)
Bean Shoals/Hauser Road – 40 cars  622 Hauser Road, Pinnacle NC – (Leads to the southern Corridor Trail, Horne Creek Trail, Canal Trail)
Ivy Bluffs Trailhead – 20 cars  4240 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC – (Leads to the Ivy Bluffs Trail)
Ivy Bluffs canoe launch – 10 cars  4454 Shoals Road, East Bend NC – (Leads to the Yadkin River paddle trail)

RESTROOMS, VISITOR CENTER: Under COVID phase 3.0 the new visitor center gift shop and exhibit hall are open with a max capacity of 25 people. Bathrooms are open and available.

CAMPGROUND: Campground is closed due to lightning damage to the sewer system.

FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings are required to be worn 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. Face coverings are required to utilize the shuttle, visit the gift shop or visitor center exhibit hall.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide.

 Last updated on: Saturday, October 3, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Pilot Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

336-444-5100

pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Mountain section
and visitor center

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
and paddle access

4454 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2574, -80.5171
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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  • 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
     

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  • 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.
     

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  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

History highlights


Like the rocky escarpments in nearby Hanging Rock State Park, Pilot Mountain is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountains. A quartzite monadnock, this rugged mountain rock has survived for millions of years while the elements have eroded surrounding peaks to a rolling plain.

Pilot Mountain is capped by two prominent pinnacles. Big Pinnacle, with walls of bare rock and a rounded top covered by vegetation, rises 1,400 feet above the valley floor, the knob jutting skyward more than 200 feet from its base. Big Pinnacle is connected to Little Pinnacle by a narrow saddle. Visitors have easy access to the top of Little Pinnacle where the view encompasses hundreds of square miles of the Piedmont and the nearby mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.

To the native Saura Indians, the earliest known inhabitants of the region, Pilot Mountain was known as Jomeokee, the "Great Guide" or "Pilot." It guided both Native Americans and early European hunters along a north-south path through the area. The Sauras were driven southward by the Cherokees, who subsequently occupied the area. Further settlement in the area was led by Moravians, but the population remained sparse during colonial times due to frontier turbulence created by an alliance between the Cherokees and the British.

The mountain was mapped in 1751 by Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson, father of President Thomas Jefferson. Pilot Mountain became North Carolina's 14th state park in 1968, due in large part to the efforts of a group of local citizens. Prior to that time, the mountain was a commercial tourist attraction. The Pilot Mountain Preservation and Park Committee proposed the establishment of Pilot Mountain as a state park in order to protect it and the surrounding area from further commercial development. Working with the conservation-minded owner of the property, Mrs. J.W. Beasley, the group secured options on the land and raised matching funds that made it possible to purchase the land with federal grants. In further support of the park, the committee acquired more than 1,000 acres of land along the Yadkin River that was added to the park in 1970. Additional acreage was later acquired, bringing the park to its present size of 3,703 acres. Today, Pilot Mountain stands as a monument to the desire and concern of a citizenry dedicated to preserving the natural resources of North Carolina.

Learn about rural life in the past by visiting Horne Creek Living Historical Farm ». This state historic site is adjacent to the Yadkin River section of the park. Currently being restored to appear as it did in 1900, the farm is an educational center dedicated to preserving North Carolina's rural heritage. Special tours and educational programs may be arranged throughout the year by calling 336-325-2298.