Pilot Mountain State Park »  Ecology
North River Section access closed today 10/21 for prescribed burn. Additional Prescribed Burns in October,November,December:
Parking Updates and Directions:
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“NC State Parks staff will be conducting prescribed burns along the Yadkin River within Pilot Mountain State Park between late October and Early December as weather conditions permit. The burns will be conducted between 11 am and 4pm. Trails leading into prescribed burn areas will be posted and closed during the burn and will be evaluated for safety hazards before they are reopened. Roads adjacent to burn areas will be posted with safety signage. The purpose of the burn is to benefit wildlife habitat, and reduce the amount of hazardous fuels that contribute to wildfire conditions.”
The Mountain is located at exit 131 on US Highway 52/I-74. Do not use GPS to reach the mountain. Google Maps is directing visitors to our river section 20 miles away.
Fall is in the air and up to 1 hour waits for parking have returned. Once the mountain reaches capacity then one car will be let in as one leaves. No exceptions. If you are coming to hike and want to avoid the crowds please use these coordinates to reach our satellite parking areas:
Avoid the crowds! Pilot Mountain State Park Alternate Parking Areas for Hiking:
To reach trails at the Mountain:
Parking for the Mountain trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, and the Northern End of the Corridor Trail:
To reach trails at the River Section: Surry County
Parking for the Southern End of the Corridor Trail, and the Yadkin Islands Trail:
PILOT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK WEATHER FORECAST: http://tinyurl.com/d4qve9pEquestrians
- To preserve park bridle trails for your continued use and enjoyment, all trails are closed to horses after rain. Riding on wet trails creates hazardous areas and erodes the trail. Riding trails when wet will cause their closure for maintenance and their closure to bridle use. If it has rained, wait to ride another day. DUE TO LEGAL AGREEMENT THE RAILROAD CROSSING AT THE RIVER IS CLOSED TO HORSES. DO NOT RIDE ALONG OR ACROSS THE RAILROAD.
Updated: 2014-10-21 05:36:33
Organized and Commercial Group Climbing Permit Update
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In order to better manage organized group and commercial climbing, reduce conflicts between climbers, and reduce impacts on natural resources, climbing groups are now required to register ahead of their visit via special activity permit. The special activity form is available on this website under forms and permits. Effective May 1 2015, group sizes will be limited to 14 persons maximum, a number of groups allowed per weekend will be established, and groups will be required to provide proof of liability insurance and provide a copy of their group leader training certification. There will be a fee of 35.00 per group, per permit.
Sign up for Prescribed Fire Notification List-serve
If you would like to receive electronic notification of prescribed burns,
the park would like to ask you for an email address, that you can be reached at. Your email will not be shared with anyone, and you will not be included on “reply-alls” or routine emails from the park. This list-serve would only be used for notification of prescribed fires or emergencies.
Prior to a planned prescribed burn you will receive an email and a location of the burn within the state park.
If at anytime you would like to be removed from this email list you would have the option to have your contact information deleted by calling or emailing the park.
When prescribed burns are conducted, areas of the park being burned are closed to the public during the burn, and afterwards until conditions are deemed safe for use.
Please send an email to email@example.com if you would like to be added to this listserve.
Updated: 2014-10-17 08:49:13
Plant & Animal » Checklists
The vegetation in the park is similar to that found in mountain habitats such as those in the Blue Ridge
Mountains. More than 70 families of vascular plants grow on and around Pilot Mountain. In late spring, the
Big Pinnacle is ringed with the bright pink blooms of Catawba rhododendron. Also abundant is mountain
laurel, distinguished by its leathery evergreen leaves and showy clusters of white flowers. Typical trees
include the chestnut oak, table mountain pine and pitch pine. Wild blueberry, huckleberry and grape can be
spotted along the trails.
Listen as American toads, chorus frogs and spring peepers call from nearby pools. Numerous songbirds
including the eastern bluebird, Carolina wren, brown thrasher and various warblers supply the woods with
music. Watch for ravens soaring above Big Pinnacle. The raven and the pileated woodpecker are two of the
rarer birds of Pilot Mountain. Other wildlife in the park includes red and gray fox, white-tailed deer,
woodchuck, opossum, gray squirrel, raccoon, and several species of reptiles and amphibians.