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Prescribed Burns Scheduled

 

Pilot Mountain State Park schedules prescribed burns throughout the year for forest health and to reduce the risk of wildfire.

To be notified of prescribed burns via phone call or text message, sign up for the Surry County "Code Red" service at the link below. After signing up, you will receive an automated phone or text message before prescribed burns.

 

 

Keep an eye out for highway signs that read "Prescribed fire ahead" placed on the north and south lanes of U.S. Highway 52 during every burn.

Another way to receive information or see maps of areas that will be burned is to sign up for the park's prescribed fire information blog.

Fire has been a part of the ecology of Pilot Mountain since the first early Native Americans climbed its slopes. It is as natural to a southern forest and its wildlife as rain and sunshine. It is only in the last half century that most fire has been suppressed in the Southern U.S. The result of fire suppression is a buildup of woody fuels and a loss of wildlife and plant diversity.

» Learn more about prescribed burns from our Kids in Parks fire brochure

We make every effort to plan and mitigate the effects of prescribed burns. Please understand that the temporary inconvenience of seeing or smelling smoke is a long-term benefit for both safer fuel loads and the unique ecology of Pilot Mountain.

 

A ranger lights grass on fire during a prescribed burn at Pilot Mountain.
The pinnacle at Pilot Mountain State Park
Contact:

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

336-325-2355
pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

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*MOUNTAIN SECTION:
  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March 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

*MOUNTAIN SECTION CAMPGROUND GATE:
  • 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

*RIVER SECTION:
  • 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

*PLEASE NOTE: The Bean Shoals and Ivy Bluff accesses at the river section are 10 and 20 miles, respectively, 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 the case of a medical or law enforcement emergency. No vehicles other than those registered to campers may be left in the park overnight.

 

PARK OFFICE HOURS:

8:00am to 4:30pm – daily

Closed Christmas Day