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The pinnacle at Pilot Mountain State Park
Bean shoals road closed for maintenance 10/21 through 10/23   

The bean shoals rd will be closed for road maintenance on October 21 through October 23. This does not affect visitors hiking in.  

 Last updated on: Monday, October 19, 2020

WEEKEND Road info: Road Open to Cars 7am to 10am- Shuttle Only 10am to 6pm- Road reopens at 6pm until closing   

** FACILITIES AND PARKING ARE LIMITED. NO ROAD SHOULDER PARKING IS ALLOWED. **

WEEKEND/HOLIDAY SHUTTLE IN USE DUE TO LIMITED PARKING AND RECORD VISITATION 
The Pilot Mountain shuttle starts running from 10:00am to 6:00pm every Saturday, Sunday and state holidays until the day after Thanksgiving.
The summit (upper) parking area will be allowed to fill from 7:00am to 10:00am. At that point, the shuttle will take over for all uphill vehicle traffic.  The shuttle has a capacity of 22 people with one wheelchair lift. Passengers will be asked to wear masks and the vehicle will be disinfected after each trip.
All uphill traffic already in the park can leave freely, but no more incoming vehicle traffic will occur between 10:00am and 6:00pm past the new visitor center. This still leaves the road completely open to all car traffic 7:00am to 10:00am and 6:00pm to 8:00pm on weekends and holidays, and every weekday from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
If visitors want to order tickets in advance, they may do so at https://promo.parking.com/charlotte-pilot-mountain-shuttle/ or they can order on-site via credit card or the Parking.com app. No cash transactions. Ordering tickets in advance guarantees a ride, not a specific time
The shuttle leaves from the bus stop in front of the new visitor center.  Under COVID phase 3.0 the visitor center gift shop and exhibit hall are open with a max capacity of 25 people. Bathrooms are open and available.
The fare is $5.00 for adults, kids 13 and under ride free. The fare for a one-way trip  down (space available) is $2.50. Last trip down is 6:15 pm.
Visitors who arrive after the summit lot is full will have the option of either riding the shuttle from the new visitor center, or parking at the new visitor center and hiking the trails up, or visiting one of the other parking areas across the park at remote trailheads.

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.
Visitor Center parking – 200 cars – (Grindstone Trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, Mountain Trail)
Old Park Office parking  – 30 cars
Summit (upper) parking  –  90 cars – (Jomeokee Trail, overlooks, Ledge Springs Trail)
Use the following lots if you want to skip the crowds and get a longer hike, or visit the Yadkin River:
Pinnacle Hotel Road – 50 cars  134 Culler Road, Pinnacle NC – (Leads to the Mountain Trail and Corridor Trail, and Grassy Ridge Trail)
Pilot Creek Trailhead – 15 cars  382 Boyd Nelson Road, Pinnacle NC – (Leads to the Pilot Creek Trail)
Bean Shoals/Hauser Road – 40 cars  622 Hauser Road, Pinnacle NC – (Leads to the southern Corridor Trail, Horne Creek Trail, Canal Trail)
Ivy Bluffs Trailhead – 20 cars  4240 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC – (Leads to the Ivy Bluffs Trail)
Ivy Bluffs canoe launch – 10 cars  4454 Shoals Road, East Bend NC – (Leads to the Yadkin River paddle trail)

RESTROOMS, VISITOR CENTER: Under COVID phase 3.0 the new visitor center gift shop and exhibit hall are open with a max capacity of 25 people. Bathrooms are open and available.

CAMPGROUND: Campground is closed due to lightning damage to the sewer system.

FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings are required to be worn 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. Face coverings are required to utilize the shuttle, visit the gift shop or visitor center exhibit hall.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide.

 Last updated on: Saturday, October 3, 2020


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

 

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
and paddle access

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:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Journey on foot, on horseback or in a canoe. No matter what your mode of travel, Pilot Mountain has miles of trails to explore. Little Pinnacle Overlook offers hikers a close-up view of Big Pinnacle and distant views of the valley below. Equestrians and hikers alike will relish the trails through the six-mile woodland corridor that connects the two sections of the park. Cliffs and crevices, ravens, and rhododendron are only a small part of the scenery to be discovered. For more information about the trails, see the park map. All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks. Horse rentals not available.

See the Equestrian Trails Closure Policy.

 


Bean Shoals Canal Trail
Location: River section – Bean Shoals access

Description:

A moderately sloped trail on the north shore of the Yadkin River that begins at the turnaround parking area. Turning right when you reach the river, this trail weaves a railroad trestle, as well as along the ruins of the unfinished Bean Shoals Canal. Note: The railroad track is active. Use extreme caution when crossing.

 


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red dots

Corridor Trail
Location: Mountain section – Pinnacle Hotel Road or river section – Hauser Road

Description:

This moderately sloped hiking and bridle trail meanders through pine and hardwood forests connecting the mountain section and river section of Pilot Mountain State Park. Parking lots for this trail are located at Hauser Road and Pinnacle Hotel Road.

Note: Horse and rider must remain on marked bridle trail. No horses may cross the Yadkin Valley Railroad. Horses may only be unloaded and trailers parked in the lots located at each end of the Corridor Trail (Hauser Road and Pinnacle Hotel Road parking lots).

 


Surface: natural surface

Length:
6.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
white triangles

Horne Creek Trail
Location: River section – Bean Shoals access

Description:

This moderately sloped hiking trail begins at the picnic area and meanders along Horne Creek, where many varieties of spring wildflowers can be found. The trail then closely follows the Yadkin River until it meets up with the Bean Shoals Canal Trail. You can make a 3.5-mile loop by returning to the picnic area on the park road.

 


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
blue dots

Ivy Bluff Trail
Location: River section – Ivy Bluff access

Description:

This trail has moderate to steep slopes covered with mountain laurel and rhododendron along the south edge of the Yadkin River. Trail begins at the Ivy Bluff parking lot.

 


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
red dots

Mountain section: Grassy Ridge Trail
Location: Visitor center parking area or Pinnacle Hotel Road/Culler Road parking area

Description:

This moderate 1.5-mile one-way trail begins at the visitor center and can also be accessed from the Pinnacle Hotel Road/Culler Road parking area. The trail wanders through lowland pine and hardwood forests, crossing meandering streams with ample seasonal wildflower displays. This trail can be used to connect to the Corridor Trail or the Mountain Trail.

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


Surface: natural surface, water crossings

Length:
1.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
white triangles