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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.

Awesome trail run. Nice scenic views.

This hike was a really fun one, good workout with the elevation gain. I wasn't bothered by the big parking lot at the top--some people can't hike it, let 'em live. I'm just glad I'm able to hike up to the top, and if you can as well, then I recommend this one!!

Lovely nature hike around the mountain. Climb is fairly steep. Overlook has a drive to the top which many people take instead of earning it. Pretty nice view. Limited parking around trailhead.

This is a nice trail with some decent views. It’s good for a day hike if you live nearby. Lots of people, though and not enough parking for the amount of people. Trails are well marked- you definitely won’t get lost.

Crowded, unable to run but amazing views.

22 days ago

The gates were closed today from the heavy rains as stated on the signs to preserve the trail and save the horses from injury. With permission, I parked at the lower end near one of the gates and hiked up towards the mountain. Trail was muddy and slick. Will come back when we dry out!

22 days ago

Hiked this trail, the Canal Trail, and some of the Corridor Trail and logged 8.8 miles. The trails were very slick with the Yadkin River Smud (Sand-Mud mixture) from the resent and past heavy rains. Nice area. The Bean Shoals, Canal Wall Ruins, and the River were nice to see.

Today the trails were very smuddy (Sand-Mud mixture... I made that up) from recent heavy rains. I still enjoyed my hike, I never saw another soul on this and the other trails I adventured down.

this was a great all day hike with family!

1 month ago

Not a bad trail. Really wish there was a bridge or crossing for the river. We only ran into one other group while hiking this part of the trail. Good addition to hiking some of the other pilot mountain trails.
We camped south of the river so hoped to start at pilot mountain and hike back to camp. No crossing the river so had to cut it short. Would hike it again for sure.

I hiked with my dog the mountain trail to Grindstone to ledge ridge, then to the summit. The total mileage was a little over 10 miles. I agree with other reviewers, the trail rating is hard is because of the total mileage. I had a great hike during the week, encountering very few hikers. I’ll be back.

on Corridor Trail

2 months ago

This is a fun and easy 13 mile romp through the woods, especially in the colder months. Not too many people which makes it even more fun. I will come back to this one again and again. Bring an extra pair of socks! This is the only trail that I’ve managed to get both feet wet. You have to cross a few streams

on Pilot Creek Trail

2 months ago

This is always a fun romp through the woods. I enjoy to run this one most of the time, but it’s good exercise either way.

on Pilot Creek Trail

3 months ago

Love this easy trail for running and to get away from people :)

Loved seeing the bald eagles nest! Went back with binoculars and saw a baby in the nest. So neat. The turtles sunning in the Yadkin was neat. Easy to do.

An easy hike through the woods.

I ran this trail earlier today. It's pretty strenuous but not too bad. The most difficult part is near the summit where for about 2/10s of a mile you are on uneven terrain and/or wooden cross tie stairs. You are rewarded for your effort with stunning views of the valley below.

We started on the Jomeoke trail (picks up behind rest room) and joined up with ledge springs trail. Almost felt like we were doing the route backwards but it was a good strenuous hike, beautiful views and lots of wildlife. Great hike and I can’t wait to return in the fall to do it again when the leaves are changing

Challenging and scenic! Amazing overlooks. Nice for a high paced workout.

Definitely some sweat but didn’t think it was hard if you’re moderately in shape

An easy trail. It crosses a railroad and parallels the Yadkin River for some distance.

A nice basic woodsy trail. You'll have some views of the Yadkin River at times.

The best hiking is done on these trails and the Grindstone. Best views in the park.

Basic woodsy hike. Fairly easy without crowds.

Two of the best trails in the park. Great views and challenging to some degree. Rewarding hike! Those steps are a bit of a workout!

A somewhat lengthy woodsy hike. Less hiked than many of the other trails. Nice and quiet.

A nice walk in the woods. A neat old wagon is still on one side of the trail from years ago.

Pretty basic woodsy hike from the Corridor Trail parking area on Hauser Rd. to the Yadkin River where it intersects with the Bean Shoals Canal Trail. Encountered a beautiful green snake and a sizable black rat snake on this trail.

A lengthy hike on foot if you hike it down and back. Many manure piles from the many horses litter the trail so you'll need to dodge those. A wide and easy trail through the woods.

This is a neat trail. There are signs with information posted on them throughout the trail. The information describes the plant life you'll encounter as well as some of the wildlife you could encounter. The possibility of seeing bald eagles along the river section is exciting. I'll likely come back during nesting season to try and see and photograph the eagles. Horne Creek was larger and prettier than I had expected at one of the crossings.

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