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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. The summit of Pilot Mountain offers great views of the Sauratown Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains. With miles of trails and 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 trail. A seven-mile woodland corridor joins two sections of the park, each section offering a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun. The mountain section, which includes the two pinnacles (big pinnacle and little pinnacle), contains the visitor center and facilities. The more primitive Yadkin River section centers around the lazy, meandering Yadkin River. The park offers many miles of hiking trails, including the popular Jomeokee Trail, Ledge Spring Trail, Grindstone Trail, and Little Pinnacle Overlook as well as several campsites that are great for family camping. There are also many designated rock climbing areas for climbers looking to practice their rappelling skills.

Great Trail. Be in good shape for this one.

18 days ago

Corridor trail is very well maintained and an easy trek connecting Horne Creek and Pilot Mountain. We took two cars, dropped one car off at Pilot Mountain and then drove to Horne Creek to begin our hike. Normally I would rate a trail with a lower rating when it follows alongside houses, but I was expecting to see houses so I decided to only take away one star instead of two. I was disappointed that there weren’t any openings with great views of Pilot Mountain, in fact there wasn’t any long distance views at any point. There were several creek crossing and I was glad to have waterproof shoes on one of them. Keep in mind Pilot Mountain closes their gates at 6:00 and Horne Creek closes their gates at 5:00, which I think is kind of early. We parked on the side of the road outside the gate and I’m glad we did. We didn’t get back to our car until 15 minutes after closing.

Just completed this today. Great hike, great views at top. I would call this an out and back and not a loop because the path down is same as up. It’s listed as a loop.

Really enjoyed the hike.... it’s worth the trip. I drove just over an hour. I hike Crowders Mtn. and Hanging Rock Trails regularly and I’m putting this in the rotation. A couple of fairly steep sections but it’s not bad if you’re in decent shape.

Not as difficult as I thought it would be. The views are wonderful and the path is wide and clean.

It’s alright. A fairly easy hike with an ok view at the top. There is also something that just pisses me off when I get to the top of a mountain to find parking lots and bathrooms. Probably won’t do it again.

Hiked this trail on my 65th Birthday, nice challenge for an old man. Not really too difficult if you're in reasonable shape. Really nice views at the top and along the way. Easy to get to, about 15 miles N of Winston-Salem.

An amazing trail! On a cold day in December we enjoyed a couple of rock climbers! A great day!

One direction will have you climbing up rocks, the other (starting at the trail head towards the pinnacle) will put you climbing up steps. A cool trip through the boulder fields but definitely a challenging hike.

I would describe this as "moderate" rather than "hard." Lots of diversity for such a small area. The parking area at the top is usually crowded, but take the Jomeokee Trail around the actual knob and you'll get some great, less trafficked views. This is probably the best hike within an hour of Winston-Salem

Really like this trail. Started at 830 am and no trail traffic. Moderate traffic at the summit but a beautiful clear day. This is a do again.

I would definitely go back again and again!

3 months ago

This was a good stroll through the woods. It would be good for trail running. No views except at the parking lot. Two small running creeks today. Looks like their might be one more small one in the spring.

Also signs say 3.5 miles one way but GPS for round trip said 6.1. Not sure which one is correct.

Great trail when you are looking for a beautiful walk in the woods.

3 months ago

Went earlier this morning, it was quiet and serene, great for adventuring with your dog and a camera. *TRAVEL ADVISORY* Make sure your vehicle can cross potential waterways/creek-beds in order to access the park.

Good hike. Enjoyed the Ledge Spring Trail going up to Big Pinnacle. Got to watch several rock climbers do their thing.

4 months ago

Great trail, well blazed and also informative signs on tree species as well was appreciated. Started in the horse trailer parking lot and made my way into about a 5 mile loop with all 3 trails connecting. Great day hike, low traffic, nice views along the river.

4 months ago

Well maintained trail and decently blazed. Good views, low traffic, nice elevation changes and a few switchbacks, but nothing too strenuous, started down near the southern end and only made it about halfway before had to turn around an head back home, will repost once i finish it! Looking forward to the 2nd half!

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