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Bean Shoals access: Yadkin Islands Trail

The Pilot Knob at Pilot Mountain State Park. Photo by R. Hill.
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Corridor Trail work weekdays June-Sept 2022   

Access to the Corridor Trail at Culler Road will be limited beginning the week of June 20, 2022. A stream restoration is being completed and the construction zone will include the trail. The Corridor Trail will be closed from the Culler Road parking lot heading south for 0.5 mile Monday-Friday. Access to the corridor trail from the Hauser Road parking area will still be available heading north for 6 miles up to the southern end of the construction zone Monday-Friday. Access to the corridor trail will not be interrupted on weekends. The estimated completion time for this project is early September 2022. If you have questions, please contact the park office 336-444-5100. 

 Last updated on: Monday, July 18, 2022

Parking Areas Have Limited Capacity   

PARKING
If you arrive and a parking lot is full, that area is closed to further traffic. Waiting in line is not permitted. Parking on road shoulders is prohibited. To avoid crowds, please plan your visit on a weekday. If the road to the summit is closed to uphill traffic, you may park at the visitor center or visit another park access area. March-November, on weekends and holidays, you may only drive the road to the summit until that area reaches capacity. Learn more information about parking areas and alternate locations nearby that you can visit when the park is full »

SHUTTLE
March-November, on weekends and holidays, a shuttle service is scheduled to be on-site to transport visitors to the summit lot and back. Shuttle tickets are sold by the vendor in front of the visitor center at the shuttle stop. Limited tickets are available. https://ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/home#notices

 Last updated on: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Bean Shoals access: Yadkin Islands Trail

Yadkin Islands Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle, NC. Photo by U. Tomlinson.

This moderate hiking and bridle trail begins at the Hauser Road parking area and features two creek crossings. The bridle portion of the trail ends at the 1.1-mile marker, where horseback riders can take back to make a 2-mile loop back to the Hauser Road parking lot by following the gravel road. The hiking portion of the trail is 1.5 miles one way, ending at the intersection with Bean Shoals Canal Trail.

Hikers may cross the river at your own risk to explore the islands in the river, which are unmarked and unblazed. Do not attempt to cross the river if you cannot see the bottom.

This trail has a natural surface with rocks and roots. It also crosses creeks.

Trail Location: 
Bean Shoals access or Hauser Road parking area
Trail Length: 
1.50 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Equestrian
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
water crossings
Trail Blaze: 
orange squares

Map of North Carolina – Pilot Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

336-444-5100

pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Mountain section
and visitor center

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3412, -80.4629

 

Pilot Creek access

382 Boyd Nelson Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.3587, -80.4933

 

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

 

Bean Shoals access*

103 Yadkin River Park Trail
Pinnacle, NC 27043

GPS: 36.2647, -80.4878
*Entering this access requires crossing three shallow streams. Visitors may become stranded after rain.

 

Ivy Bluff access

4240 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2537, -80.5087

 

Shoals fishing area
and paddle access

4454 Shoals Road
East Bend, NC 27018

GPS: 36.2574, -80.5171
 

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  • November:
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  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • October:
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  • 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 4:00pm
 

  • March to November:

Open daily:
9:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day