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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.

This is a nice loop trail that I hiked clockwise (although it could be done in reverse as well). I would rate Mountain Trail portion of the hike as moderate and the best way to describe it is a nice hike through the woods. The Grindstone Trail is a bit more of a climb but it isn't too bad. However, the Ledge Spring Trail was more difficult in that there was quite a bit of climbing rock "stairs" and I would rate it as fairly strenuous.

I started my hike around 9 am and had a nice lunch at the summit before heading back down to the parking lot.

Hiked this trail in August 2012 with my then 6 and 7 year old kids. Nice easy beginner experience with great views for rewards.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty Awesome!!!! Foggy today, amazing trail and views.

hiking
1 month ago

great views. rock climbing on weekends to watch. Steps that never end making it great if you want a real workout

Great views with parking at trailhead . Great stroll for those not into hikes longer than one mile.

Definitely enjoyed this hike, even on a chilly, foggy and sometimes rainy day. I do not think the trail qualifies as hard at all. The sign at the trailhead says it is intermediate. The views are lovely.

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

best kept secret 4 hikers in this area that I know of pleasantly surprised views along the river are beautiful

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.