Pilot Mountain State Park 4.8 (reviews)

Pinnacle, NC National Parks Unclaimed
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About Pilot Mountain State Park

Pilot Mountain State Park features, of course, Pilot Mountain, This impressive landmark stands 2,000ft above ground, and was used as a navigational landmark for centuries! Today, it sits within the popular state park that offers a host of year round fun for the whole family!

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.

For those hikers in the family, Pilot Mountain features miles of trails that takes you through the impressive natural surroundings. Keep an eye out for the wildlife too, you might just spot some!

If you want to head to the centerpiece of the park, a 6 and a half mile trail connects the Yadkin River Section to the mountain summit. 

The extensive trail network also offers equestrians plenty of bridle trails, and even those river loving families can take on the many canoe trails along the river. The 165 mile trail follows the course of the river, and features 38 canoe access sites along the way. Some of the river is suitable for rafting too!

If you want to extend your adventure but staying overnight, or even longer, family camping is possible in the 49 site campground.

For those who want a little more adventure, rock climbing and ravelling area allowed on sections of the park's steep cliffs, as well the cliffs perched around the mountain's summit (which also offer amazing views!)

Have you got that sense of adventure ready? Great! Because Pilot Mountain State Park is ready and waiting for YOU!

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Adults Free entrance to the park!

Children Free entrance to the park!

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Pilot Mountain State Park FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Pilot Mountain State Park?

Why not enjoy a picnic in the park! Two picnic areas at Pilot Mountain offer a choice of shady dining spots. The picnic area in the Pilot Mountain section is located near the summit parking lot. Picnic tables and grills are surrounded by a pine and hardwood forest. Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby.

Any top tips when visiting?

Canoe rentals are not available so you need to take your own

Teachers corner

Educational materials about Pilot Mountain State Park have been developed for grades 9-12 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Pilot Mountain program introduces students to the "mountains away from the mountains" and the geologic processes that formed them. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators

Any additonal information?

The main park road is popular for hill climbing by bicycle. This should only be attempted by experienced cyclists wearing proper safety equipment.