Explore the most popular river trails in Pilot Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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1 month ago

Very beautiful trail. Peaceful. Not highly trafficked.

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2 months ago

Beautiful secluded short trail by the river! Lots of beautiful plants and interesting insects along the way!

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7 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.

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8 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.

on Ivy Bluffs Trail

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice hike with a good view of the river at a few spots.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Does anyone know if there is another way to get to this trail. My family and I drove about 2 hours in our car to hike this trail and when we got there we realized that we had to cross the creek 3 different places. I thought there would be small bridges to get over the creeks. I wish we would have known. We would have driven my husbands truck instead.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Beautiful views of the Yadkin River. In late winter & early spring there is usually a nest with a mating pair of Bald Eagles (about 1.25 miles from trail head).

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

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

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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

Monday, October 03, 2016

very challenging

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Hiked at the Bean Shoals Access. This trail was interesting. In the hike, you come across the canal ruins wall built around 1818. Trail can be very slippery at certain points and becomes narrow at points as well. There are markets to keep you on track. You walk along the river and can even ford across the river to the islands.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pilot Mountain Bean Shoals trail is an easy trek along the Yadkin River with beautiful views of the river and other sights that are sure to keep you interested. Be careful of copperheads while hiking this trail, we actually saw one less than one foot off of the trail. On one side of the trail is the river and on the other side of the trail is an active train track and part of a water dam project made of rocks that was supposed to divert the water but the project was never finished. If you are hiking Horne Creek Trail and Yadkin Islands trail to make a loop don’t miss this short in and out trail as in my opinion it was the best of the three trails. Happy Hiking! :)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pilot Mountain Horne Creek Trail is a horse trail that is a pleasant hike through the forest back to the Yadkin River. We hiked Horne Creek Trail then Bean Shoals Trail and then took this trail to form a loop, however it can be difficult to locate the trailhead if you are entering after hiking Bean Shoals or Horne Creek so be careful that you are coming over the railroad tracks to begin your trek back to the car. Both times we took this trail we didn’t see anybody on the trail.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pilot Mountain Horne Creek Trail starts out in a dense part of the forest and then begins to follow the Yadkin River during the second half of the trail. This is a pleasant and easy stroll, however be careful of the Poison Ivy along the edges of the trail and in a few spots you will need to move the weeds out of the way. Look out for the sign talking about Bald Eagles and if you look real close across the river from the bald eagle sign you can see a Bald Eagles nest and just maybe if you go the right time of the year you will get to see an eagle on it. Take the Yadkin Islands trail back to form a loop.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

good to combine with beane shouls trail for a 6 mile round trip. goes along the yadkin river one of the largest rivers around. very pretty

Sunday, April 03, 2016

very pretty trail along the yadkin river at the site of where an incomplete dam was made in 1825. hooks up to a 2.5 mile one way trail that continues along the river

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Fun trail and great for dogs! Nice creek to put your feet in, if so desired.

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Monday, December 07, 2015

A nice family-friendly trail with some elevation change in places and pretty river views.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

A nice trail with some moderate slopes as it follows Horne Creek to the Yadkin River. It passes the access trail to Horne Creek Living Historical Farm. The trail then follows the river for its remainder with lots of pretty views.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

A connector trail from the Corridor parking lot to the Bean Shoals Canal Trail. It is a pleasant hike through the woods to the Yadkin River.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beautiful views of the river rushing past from its edge!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nice trail through the woods. Even better when added to the Mountain and Grindstone Trails to complete a 6.5 mile loop around Pilot Mountain.

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