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Best Trails in Pilot Mountain State Park

44 reviews

#16 of 619 State Parks in North Carolina

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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.

on Bean Shoals Canal Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Pilot Mountain Bean Shoals trail is an easy trek along the Yadkin River with beautiful views of the river and other sights that are sure to keep you interested. Be careful of copperheads while hiking this trail, we actually saw one less than one foot off of the trail. On one side of the trail is the river and on the other side of the trail is an active train track and part of a water dam project made of rocks that was supposed to divert the water but the project was never finished. If you are hiking Horne Creek Trail and Yadkin Islands trail to make a loop don’t miss this short in and out trail as in my opinion it was the best of the three trails. Happy Hiking! :)

on Horne Creek Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Pilot Mountain Horne Creek Trail starts out in a dense part of the forest and then begins to follow the Yadkin River during the second half of the trail. This is a pleasant and easy stroll, however be careful of the Poison Ivy along the edges of the trail and in a few spots you will need to move the weeds out of the way. Look out for the sign talking about Bald Eagles and if you look real close across the river from the bald eagle sign you can see a Bald Eagles nest and just maybe if you go the right time of the year you will get to see an eagle on it. Take the Yadkin Islands trail back to form a loop.

on Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, a...
4 months ago

hiking

Excellent views throughout this tough little hike. Lots and lots of stone steps on one side of the loop - so plan accordingly whether you like to go up or down steps. We chose to go up, and it can get pretty difficult at times...and keeps you wondering when it's going to end! Well worth it though - the views are amazing. Went in February so you can see through the trees pretty easily, which meant we had views for most of the hike. Bring water and snacks - those steps can wear you down!

on Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, a...
4 months ago

I take back what I said about the steps... have to have them if you start from parking lot and end going up them...

on Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, a...
4 months ago

hiking

started from the knob end of the trail ascended down about 500 man made stone steps I have such a dislike for although the cliff climbers halfway down made me forget about the knee jarring steps for a while. be careful about halfway the u turn to stay on this trail is not clearly marked. if you start on the parking lot end be ready for those 500 steps. we met a marine looking guy out of breath gasping leaning on a tree asking am I getting close.?

on Horne Creek Trail
4 months ago

good to combine with beane shouls trail for a 6 mile round trip. goes along the yadkin river one of the largest rivers around. very pretty

on Bean Shoals Canal Trail
4 months ago

very pretty trail along the yadkin river at the site of where an incomplete dam was made in 1825. hooks up to a 2.5 mile one way trail that continues along the river

on Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, a...
5 months ago

hiking

Amazing hike, moderate difficulty. Great views

on Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, a...
5 months ago

hiking

Great hike! Even in the heat of the summer, this is mostly wooded and a nice steady hike.

on Sauratown Trail
7 months ago

hiking

The current track shown is not correct. Sauratown #15 is the westernmost of the trails that connect Hanging Rock State Park with Pilot Mountain State Park. Heading out from Pilot Mountain, the trail starts off the Grassy Ridge Trail not too far south of the parking lot at the park entrance. It passes through some moderately slopped hills, with some pretty views of the mountain. It can get pretty muddy in a few places after a lot of rain...and since horses are allowed, you need to be careful where you step.

on Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, a...
8 months ago

I loved this hike! Awesome views the entire trail. Climbers are on the trail though and I had to go around. Also some parts of the trail are not well maintained.

on Horne Creek Trail
9 months ago

hiking

A nice trail with some moderate slopes as it follows Horne Creek to the Yadkin River. It passes the access trail to Horne Creek Living Historical Farm. The trail then follows the river for its remainder with lots of pretty views.

on Bean Shoals Canal Trail
9 months ago

hiking

Beautiful views of the river rushing past from its edge!

on Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, a...
10 months ago

hiking

The trail itself was good. It lived up to its moderate title but because it was only a couple of miles it was relatively easy going. The weather couldn't have been better. I think October is a great time to go. The overlook (which was just off of the parking lot) had gorgeous views. They were really beautiful but you didn't need to go on the trail at all to get to them.