Pilot Mountain State Park
ALL HIKING TRAILS ARE OPENED FOR HIKING WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE MOUNTAIN TRAIL. THE CLOSURE ON THE MOUNTAIN TRAIL HAS NO EFFECT ON ANY OF THE OTHER HIKING TRAILS. The Mountain Trail is being converted from a 2.5 mile one way trail to a 4.5 mile loop. The trail is currently closed for construction.Construction is expected to be completed by October.
Now accepting applications for Park Attendant position. This is a 40 hour/week position that pays 7.25 per hour. Work involves maintenance of the park and facilities. 95% of work is completed outdoors. For more information call 336-325-2355.
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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. If coming from the north, enter "town of Pilot Mtn" on your GPS and drive 1 more exit south. If coming from the south enter "King, NC" on your GPS and continue north. Despite our repeated pleas to Google, they refuse to fix this error. Use the navigational skills that existed before the GPS such as paper maps or keen eyesight. We promise we are in the same location we have been.
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: 2015-07-31 10:28:09
Organized and Commercial Group Climbing Permit Update_3_18_2015.
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In order to better manage organized group and commercial climbing, reduce conflicts between climbers, and reduce impacts on natural resources, organized and commercial 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 max number of groups allowed per weekend will be established. This is the same standard that has always been applied to other sports gatherings and events such as organized and commercial trail runs, and organized and commercial bike rides. There will be a minimum fee of 35.00 per group, per day.
Updated: 2015-05-03 19:19:12
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1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
GPS: 36.341276, -80.462938
For centuries Pilot Mountain has served as a landmark for Native Americans, early explorers, and migrating wildlife. This iconic peak is the most recognizable mountain in North Carolina and forms the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park. Rising to an elevation of 2421 feet, this solitary quartzite mountain, part of the ancient Sauratown Mountain range, was dedicated as a National Natural Landmark, and now serves as a beacon to hikers, rock climbers, and nature lovers.
A 6.5 mile wooded corridor trail joins the Mountain Section of the park with the Yadkin River Section which includes the north and south side of the river and a dozen small islands. This scenic section of the Yadkin provides hiking trails, fishing, and includes a canal wall built in 1825 that was designed to deliver boat traffic above the rocky shoals that form islands in this portion of the river.
Since 1968, a portion of the wild piedmont and a geological wonder has been preserved for you to enjoy at Pilot Mountain State Park.