Pilot Mountain State Park
Expect heavy car traffic between midday and late afternoon every weekend. There are only 125 spaces at the top of the mountain for parking. Please carpool. Delays for parking may be up to 30 minutes long. Click ALERT message for other scenic driving options.
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Traffic/Parking information: During spring, summer, and in leaf season your wait for a parking space may be 30 minutes long. There are only 125 parking spaces at the top of the mountain. Please carpool. If waits for parking become lengthy, all incoming traffic other than registered campers may be directed to other local attractions and will have to try to enter the park another day.
Hikers familiar with the park and wanting to avoid the crowds may want to use the Surry Line Rd. parking lot on the south side of the mountain or visit the Park's river section areas.
For visitors who want a scenic drive and do not want to wait in line we suggest the following local attractions:
-Horne Creek State Historic Site- ( 8 miles south of the mountain-follow signs from the Pinnacle exit, closed Sundays)
-The town of Pilot Mountain Downtown- (one exit north of the park)
-The Blue Ridge Parkway- (follow Highway 52 north 25 miles)
-Hanging Rock State Park (25 miles east of the park via HWY 52 in Tobaccoville)
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.
Updated: 2013-05-25 08:16:19
Sign up for Prescribed Fire Notification List-serve
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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.
Please send an email to email@example.com if you would like to be added to this listserve.
Updated: 2013-05-14 14:07:08
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1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
GPS: 36.342056, -80.463347
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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