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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 in this park 25 miles northwest of Winston-Salem. 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.
First off, people this is not a hard or even moderate trail. I'm from Oregon and this trail was absolutely gorgeous but in not shape or form deserves a hard rating. It's only a 910 gradual elevation shift to the top. Who comes up with these designated ratings.
Combine this with the Grindstone or Mountain trail for a good day hike. I prefer going counterclockwise on this trail. The
backside is where you will find the climbers and you can always stop and rest and watch them. Great views all around from the backside. There really is a spring that I have used often over the years with no problems. It's on the backside right before the trail heads uphill. I suppose I should say "use at your own risk" but I've never had a problem.
Hiked at the Bean Shoals Access. This trail was interesting. In the hike, you come across the canal ruins wall built around 1818. Trail can be very slippery at certain points and becomes narrow at points as well. There are markets to keep you on track. You walk along the river and can even ford across the river to the islands.
I thought this trail was very The views were great once you were up on pilot mountain. I didn't think it was a hard trail at all. Only con would be that too many people are trekking on this trail as well. Constantly had to stop and wait for people to go by or wait to pass people.
Took the Jomeokee trail first, and picked up the Ledge Springs Trail. I would call this a challenging trail with large number of stone steps descending for about a mile. During the descent, you will see the cliffs and probably a good number of rock climbers during warm weather. Expect to traverse the trail through groups of climbers on the weekends. The spring is small (almost small enough to miss as it runs across the trail under a large rock as more of a trickle), but the water is incredibly clear and cold. The ascent starts at about the 1 mile mark. It is significant (748') mile long ascent on sandy soil with wooden steps. There are several good places to stop and take a break if needed. Take some snacks and plenty of water. The end of the trail will put you back out at the parking lot.