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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
     

 

 

 

Pilot Mountain State Park

Located in Surry and Yadkin counties 20 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, Pilot Mountain State Park centers around the iconic geologic knob that serves as a beacon to the surrounding Piedmont, inviting outdoor enthusiasts to a vast array of activities. Once a navigational landmark for the Saura tribe, the Big Pinnacle can be viewed from the park's summit area, which also provides panoramic views of the Piedmont and the Sauratown and Blue Ridge mountains. Trails take hikers around the mountain base, up Little Pinnacle, and along the Yadkin River. The park also offers bridle trails along the trail corridor connecting the mountain and river sections. Rock climbing and rappelling are allowed on portions of the park's steep cliffs. The lower slopes of Pilot Mountain offer tent and trailer camping, while the river section has two paddle-in campsites for nights along the river. Two of North Carolina's state trails traverse the park: the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, as well as the Yadkin River paddle trail. A new visitor center with exhibits that focus on the natural and cultural history of the area augment the park's educational programs.
 


Reservations
 

Find and book a campsite online

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


Notices and alerts
 

New shuttle service

Pilot Mountain State Park's new shuttle service will begin on Saturday, August 22, and will be available on weekends and holidays. The shuttle will take visitors from the park's new visitor center parking lot to the top of the summit area.

On weekends, the summit parking area is open to visitors' vehicles from 7:00am to 10:00am. After 10:00am, visitors accessing the mountain section must park at the visitor center. Visitors can then hike up to the summit area or take the shuttle. From 10:00am to 6:00pm, no vehicle traffic, other than the shuttle and park staff, will be permitted past the visitor center.

The shuttle roundtrip fare is $5 for adults, and children 13 and under ride free. You can also purchase a one-way fare for $2.50. Masks are required to utilize the shuttle. The shuttle is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly after each trip. Tickets must be purchased online or via the Parking.com app. No cash transactions.

Purchase shuttle tickets here »

View shuttle schedule here »

Shuttle service FAQs

 

Now hiring

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

 

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.

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 »

 

Prescribed fires

The latest information on prescribed fires is available at http://pilotmountainstatepark.tumblr.com/

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