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The park is closed to all use due to heavy snow   

All of the park is currently closed to all use due to heavy snow. Road plowing has not been effective due to the rate of snowfall. If you block gates or obstruct traffic your car is subject to towing. This alert will be removed when we reopen.

 Posted on: Sunday, December 9, 2018
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.

 

Pilot Creek Trail
Location: Pilot Creek trailhead on Boyd Nelson Rd
Description:

This 3.3 mile one way trail starts at the Pilot Creek trailhead on Boyd Nelson Rd off Shoals Rd and the HWY 268 exit of US 52, ending at the family campground, where you can connect to the Grindstone Trail to link to a long loop around the mountain. Hikers must park at Boyd Nelson Rd., you may not park in the campground. The trail crosses tributaries of Pilot Creek and ascends through Pine Oak Heath forests to the campground. This trail was built by our Friends Group, Friends of Sauratown Mountains at no cost to the park.

Point of Interest: Built by Friends of Sauratown Mountains volunteer trail crew
Length:
3.30 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Orange dot
Pilot Mountain State Park Pilot Creek Trail
Surface: Natural surface
Pilot Mountain 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
YADKIN ISLANDS TRAIL
Location: North River Section - Corridor Parking Lot on Hauser Road
Description:

This trail at the Parking Lot or Corridor Parking Lot on Hauser Road. You may wade in the river at your own risk to explore the islands, which are unmarked/unblazed. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FORD THE RIVER IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE BOTTOM. CROSS FORDS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Point of Interest:
Length:
1.50 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
White Triangles
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
PinnacleNC 27043
Phone336-325-2355
pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.341276
Longitude: -80.462930

Map of North Carolina

 

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
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

 

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