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Park at Capacity by 10:00 a.m. on Weekends   

Pilot Mountain now routinely reaches capacity by 10:00 a.m. on weekends. If you do not arrive by this time, you are not likely to get a parking spot until the afternoon.  

 Last updated on: Friday, July 31, 2020

Status of park facilities as of 7/29   


Bring water as the fountains are off.  Park office and park office restrooms are closed.

Summit restrooms are open but are closed periodically throughout the day to be cleaned.

Campground is closed through at least Sept 15th due to lightning damage to sewer system.

Executive Order 147 effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26 requires wearing face coverings 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.

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. All cars will be turned away.

Capacity for parking areas:
Top of the mountain – 80 cars 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle NC
Park office – 30 cars    1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle NC
Pinnacle Hotel Road – 50 cars  134 Culler Road, Pinnacle NC
Pilot Creek Trailhead – 15 cars  382 Boyd Nelson Road, Pinnacle NC
Hauser Road – 40 cars  622 Hauser Road, Pinnacle NC
Ivy Bluffs Trailhead – 20 cars  4240 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC
Ivy Bluffs canoe launch – 10 cars  4454 Shoals Road, East Bend NC

 Last updated on: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bridle Trails CAUTION   

Due to a culvert collapse the Corridor bridle trail can only be ridden to midway.


 Last updated on: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Pilot Mountain State Park

Contact the park



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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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





UNC-TV: Pilot Mountain has a deer problem. Drones can help.

February 21, 2019

Drones help researchers and park officials get an accurate count of the deer population on Pilot Mountain.

From the UNC School of Media and Journalism

Producer: Trent Brown
Associate Producers: Olivia Corriere and Lauren Glaze
Scriptwriter and Narrator: Haley France
Camera/Video Editor: Bob Gunter
Additional Cameras: Trent Brown and Haley France
Executive Producer: Dr. Tom Linden

North Carolina State Parks Centennial: Pilot Mountain State Park

North Carolina's most recognizable mountain became its 12th state park in 1968, due to the efforts of local citizens who formed the Pilot Mountain Preservation and Park Committee and raised matching money to secure federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to purchase the mountain and connecting land to the Yadkin River.

Trail tour: Jomeokee/Ledge Springs Trail Loop

January 12, 2011

A short hike along the Jomeokee/Ledge Springs Trail loop at Pilot Mountain State Park