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Contact the park
 

336-325-2355

pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

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
 

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:
    8:00am to 4:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

PARK PRESCRIBED BURN INFORMATION BLOG

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): http://pilotmountainstatepark.tumblr.com/ or http://pilotmountainstatepark.tumblr.com/rss 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:
https://efire.cnr.ncsu.edu/efire/
https://goodfires.org/

Learn some facts about prescribed fire and wildfire reduction here: 
http://southernfireexchange.org/SFE_Publications/factsheets/2017-1.pdf