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Pilot Mountain State Park Pinnacle

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Pilot Mountain State Park
1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle
NC
27043
Tel: (336) 325-2355

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Approach from any direction and see Pilot Mountain rising more than 1,400 feet above the rolling countryside of the upper Piedmont plateau. Dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976, this solitary peak is the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park. Fun, from relaxation to exhilaration, is easy to find here. Treat yourself to a horseback ride through the woods or challenge the river from raft or canoe. A seven-mile woodland corridor joins two sections of the park, each section offering a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun. The mountain segment, which includes the two pinnacles, contains most of the visitor facilities. The more primitive river section centers around the lazy, meandering Yadkin River.
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    Nicely maintained park with spectacular views including the knob. Where good shoes that can be stable on rocks. To reach the best video if the knob you need to walk on some rocks but their are other areas you could access even with a wheelchair and have a nice view. I just loved to see the fall trees from high up, like a blanket of orange and gold. The bathrooms were well maintained and a number of places to have a picnic.

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    Please do not use google maps to find our park. This past summer they moved our main entrance 20 miles in the wrong direction on their map. Despite repeated requests, they have not fixed this error.
    The mountain is located at exit 131 on Highway 52, between the towns of King, NC and the town of Pilot Mountain. You can't miss it. If you have arrived at the Yadkin River Ivy Bluffs access, you are 20 miles south of the main park entrance at the mountain, located at 1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd., Pinnacle, NC

    Matt Windsor, Park Superintendent

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    Bathroom was clean. Camp sites were spacious and had a nice flat sleeping pad packed with sand (which drained nicely when it poured down rain). Nice grill/fire pit combo. Some sites were quite private. Friendly camp host that delivered fire wood to the sites.

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    A lot of fun! I think the best place to start walking is down at the visitor center, which will give you access to two long trails that will take you up to the top. Much easier to hike hard when you are fresh and then walk down after.

    Also, I found google maps takes you to the Yadkin River State Park rather than to Pilot Mountain State Park. Google refuses to acknowledge this, however if you want to get to the main part of the state park, you need to get off 52. There will be a sign specifically for this exit. I came from the south part of the...Read More

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    Trails were well kept. Views were stunning!

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by Paul Silverstein

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A lot of fun! I think the best place to start walking is down at the visitor center, which will give you access to two long trails that will take you up to the top. Much easier to hike hard when you are fresh and then walk down after.

Also, I found google maps takes you to the Yadkin River State Park rather than to Pilot Mountain State Park. Google refuses to acknowledge this, however if you want to get to the main part of the state park, you need to get off 52. There will be a sign specifically for this exit. I came from the south part of the park, and google maps took me to a sign that stated Yadkin River State Park.

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