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Pilot Mountain State Park uses prescribed fire or controlled burns as a management tool to restore healthy forest and grassland communities and to reduce woody fuel in the event of a wildfire. Historically, most areas of the landscape of the Piedmont of North Carolina experienced low to moderate severity fires from lightning on average once every five years. Information gathered from fire scars and tree rings on Pilot Mountain indicate that fire was at least that frequent on the exposed portions of the mountain.  Up until the 1940's locals also burned the slopes of the mountain to reduce brush, improve pasturage for grazing livestock, and to improve berry picking of blueberries and huckleberries. With the development of the park as first a private tourist attraction and later a state park, the park entered an era of decades of unnatural fire suppression which had detrimental effects on the forest, as well as causing a build up of sometimes volatile woody fuels.  While we can't recreate the past, it is our responsibility as natural resource managers to maintain a level of biodiversity in our forests that only fire can provide.  Keeping fire out of a southern forest is as unnatural and futile as trying to turn off the rain.  In addition, since we have many visitors concentrated on a fire prone mountain, and in present day many homes are adjacent to the mountain, keeping fuel levels low through controlled burning enhances the safety of living next to, and visiting this unique mountain.

All Park Prescribed Burn information can be found at the following links. You can bookmark the following link(s): or either as a webpage or RSS feed. RSS is a news feed that will place an icon on your web browser. Prescribed burn notices will be archived on this page which also has a map and information about the upcoming burn unit. 

Learn more about why land managers use prescribe fire at these interactive sites:

Learn some facts about prescribed fire and wildfire reduction here:


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Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
PinnacleNC 27043
Latitude: 36.341276
Longitude: -80.462930

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The Mountain Section:

March 15 to November 30 : Opens at 7am. Closes at Sunset. 

December to February : Opens at 8am. Closes at 6pm. 

Campers only may enter the mountain section until the following times:
March,April, October- 9pm
May-September- 10pm
November- 8pm

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.

Park Office
8am - 4:30pm 7 days a week 

The park is closed Christmas Day


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