nature trips



dogs on leash



trail running

wild flowers

kid friendly


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.

A bit of a boring trail. Just a trek up to elevation, I would consider this moderate.

It's easy, just a regular hike with rock faces. View of Pilot is nice, not a bad trail.

Nice strenuous hike for a person out of shape (me)! Very few people here today, a Thursday. Will be back to do a longer trail next.

22 days ago

on Mountain Trail

24 days ago

25 days ago

Great hike! So many steps....trying to get back in shape....felt so good to complete this hike. Can't wait to return.

It was a very hard trail for me, trying to get back into shape. So many steps! But very proud to have completed it. I would like to go back and explore more around the top areas. It would be a great place to hike then lunch and return down the mountain. Beautiful and it wasn't very crowded.

28 days ago

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.

2 months ago

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

2 months ago