Pilot Mountain Grindstone and Ledge Spring Loop Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinnacle, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A moderately sloped trail that hikes through the woods to the summit. The trail will start across the road from the park office near the entrance.
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.
Tough climb up. I went down the ridge with my husband and back up Grindstone and it was a hearty trek up the mountain. But felt great afterwards!
Pretty steep climb near the end. Great views from cliffs not far from trail.
Pilot Mountain Grindstone trail is wide, well maintained and begins in a semi dense forest that provides a visibility of a couple hundred feet in all directions and as you rise in elevation there are several resting points along the way overlooking beautiful vistas of farmland and fields. Both times my wife and I hiked this trail we came across less than a dozen hikers but the summit was packed with people, however most all of them drove to the top of the mountain by car rather than hiking up the mountain and both times the parking lots at the summit were full and had waiting times in excess of 1 hour to park. I suggest to enjoy the hike rather than driving, stop at the rocky resting points near the top to enjoy the view and then proceed to the summit to see the complete panoramic vista views. On your way down considering taking a longer route to form a loop and take the Mountain Trail. I would also do this trail on a semi clear day so you can fully enjoy the views near and at the top of the summit. Happy Hiking!
Beautiful hike. Trail is well maintained. I recommend wearing waterproof shoes if it has been raining quite a bit. The trail can get kinda muddy in places.
Did a day trip from Chapel Hill in December when it was unseasonably warm - in the 70s. The Grindstone Trail was pretty empty, which was nice. Once we got to the top, the crowds of people who drove up weren't too bad, but were a little disruptive nonetheless. The trail is easy to follow, and well maintained, but doesn't offer a ton in terms of views along the way. However, it's much better to hike up than drive, it makes the stunning views form the top that much better. Once you get to the summit, definitely take the Jomeokee trail around the pinnacle (easy and quick - but very cool), and take the Ledge Spring trail back to connect with the Grindstone Trail for the way back down.
Great workout on a well-maintained trail with really nice views near the summit. Also a pretty climb up through the trees.