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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

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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