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The pinnacle at Pilot Mountain State Park
Bridle Trails closed/Corridor Trail culvert collapse   

All bridle trails remain closed due to wet conditions, downed trees, and culvert collapse south of Stony Ridge Road. Trails and parking lots remain open for hikers only.


 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Status of park facilities as of June 1   

**Facilities and parking are limited and no overflow parking is allowed.**

CURRENTLY CLOSED: Park office and park office restrooms. Campground is closed through at least July 5th due to lightning damage.

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
Park office – 30 cars
Pinnacle Hotel Road – 50 cars
Pilot Creek Trailhead – 15 cars
Hauser Road – 40 cars
Ivy Bluffs Trailhead – 20 cars
Ivy Bluffs canoe launch – 10 cars

Please use the restroom before you visit, bring hand sanitizer, and consider wearing a mask. Bring water as the fountains are off.

We are not issuing Special Activity Permits at this time for climbing groups, weddings, photography, or any other events.

To reach the park staff, please call 336-325-2355 or email us at

 Last updated on: Monday, June 1, 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




Pilot Mountain State Park

Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain has been a navigational landmark for centuries, and is a recreational landmark as well, offering miles of trails, camping, climbing and spectacular scenery. The mountain summit remains the principal park area, connected to the Yadkin River section by a 6.5-mile trail corridor. An extensive trail network is augmented by a bridle trail and a canoe trail section on the river. Family camping in a 42-site campground is augmented by canoe-in sites. Rock climbing and rappelling are allowed on portions of the park’s steep cliffs, and those cliffs perched around the mountain’s summit offer seemingly endless views of piedmont, Sauratown Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains.


Find and book a campsite online

Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762

Notices and alerts

Now hiring

Pilot Mountain State Park is currently accepting applications for the following seasonal positions:


Crowded weekends at Pilot Mountain State Park

Pilot Mountain State Park is over capacity MOST weekends, especially during the fall. We have limited amount of parking and once it fills, cars will only be let in as space allows.

Please click here to learn more information about planning your weekend visit to the park, as well as a list of other locations nearby that you can visit when the park is full.


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27043 Pinnacle, NC