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.
This trail has moderate to steep slopes covered with mountain laurel and rhododendron
along the south edge of the Yadkin River. It begins at the Ivy Bluff Parking Lot.
A moderate trail with rock steps. It crosses the gap to the
Big Pinnacle, then makes a loop around the base and
merges into the same trail, to return across the gap.
There are rare and interesting plants along this trail, as
well as the tall, impressive cliff.
A challenging walk with rocks and varying slope. It travels along the foot of the cliffs and ledges to
the west of the Little Pinnacle. The ledge springs is just a trickle of water, but the walk below the
cliffs are beautiful. HINT: The walk is easier to begin below the picnic area and to end below Little
Pinnacle at the Jomeokee Trail.
A moderate grade to the Little Pinnacle bluff for a beautiful view of the Big Pinnacle, Sauratown Mountain and
Hanging Rock State Park to the east. On a clear day, one can View 3,000 square miles from this point.
A great place to take pictures!!!
This trail heads in a southeast direction down the mountain with very noticeable vegetation
change as the elevation changes. It ends at the start of the Corridor Trail (Surry Line Road).
It connects to the Grindstone Trail to complete a 6 mile loop.
Pilot Mountain State Park
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
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.
8am - 4:30pm 7 days a week
The park is closed Christmas Day