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Expect Delays for parking at the Mountain on weekends   

The park will be over capacity every weekend it is not rainy or cold. We have a limited amount of parking and once it fills, cars will only be let in as space allows. Once inside the park you can expect a wait for a parking space. Hikers can easily avoid this by visiting our yadkin river section or corridor trail parking. Visitors whose goal is a scenic drive only will be better served to visit the blue ridge parkway, as there is no through traffic possible when we fill up.

We encourage visitors that can visit during the week to do so, or arrive early.

You can check the parks traffic status by using the app "Waze". We also post warning signage near the park entrance.

No drones, UAV's, flying machines, or RC aircraft are allowed at Pilot Mountain State Park. Drones also cannot be launched from the state road or US highway outside the front gate.

 Posted on: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 7:24am
upcoming park prescribed burns   

http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/news/5403/prescribed-burn-planned-for-state-park

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 Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 8:15am
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.

 

IVY BLUFF TRAIL
Location: South Section of Yadkin River
Description: 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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.30 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Red Dots
Surface: Natural surface
JOMEOKEE TRAIL
Location: Upper side of Summit Parking Area behind restroom building.
Description: 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.
Point of Interest: Rare plants & tall, impressive cliff
Length:
0.80 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
None
Jomeokee Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park
Surface: Natural surface
KIDS TRACK TRAIL
Location: Upper side of Summit Parking area behind Restroom Building
Description: The Pilot Mountain State Park TRACK Trail follows the Sassafras Trail. This moderate trail offers scenic views of the Pilot Mountain pinnacle and vistas of the surrounding mountains, while leading hikers through a unique fire-based forest ecosystem. Trail has activities for children.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.30 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Tracks Trail Markers
Surface: Natural surface
LEDGE SPRINGS TRAIL
Location: Below Summit Picnic Area or below Little Pinnacle at Jomeokee Trail
Description: 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.
Point of Interest: Cliffs and ledges
Length:
2.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Yellow Dots
Surface: Natural surface
LITTLE PINNACLE OVERLOOK TRAIL
Location: Upper side of Summit Parking Area (behind Restroom Building)
Description: 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!!!
Point of Interest: View of Big Pinnacle
Length:
0.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
None
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
PinnacleNC 27043
Phone336-325-2355
pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov, prescribed fire info page: http://pilotmountainstatepark.tumblr.com/
Latitude: 36.341276
Longitude: -80.462930

Park Hours:

The Mountain Section:
 March to November : Opens at 7am, Closes at Sunset. 

 December to February : Opens at 8am, Closes at Sunset. 

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