Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Ledge spring up is tough with lots of rock steps but recommend this if your knees give you trouble. Grindstone has some steps too but nothing like Ledge spring trail
Lots of people drive up and just do the hike around the pinnacle or even just walk to the overlook point.
A bit loud and crazy so 3 stars. Too many people and non-hiking people due to the road up

27 days ago

Love this trail. Completed all on the same day trip after an overnight.

Excellent Trails. Took grindstone up from camp to Ledge Spring.

29 days ago

Very beautiful trail. Peaceful. Not highly trafficked.

I really enjoyed this hike for the most part. I hiked the Grindstone Trail all the way up, checked out Little Pinnacle, circled Big Pinnacle on Jomeokee Trail, then returned down the mountain on the outer Ledge Spring side, rejoining the Grindstone Trail for the last couple of miles. I did find the last mile of Grindstone (on the way up) to be challenging, it being a pretty steep and prolonged ascent followed by dozens of steps, however I am glad I took this side up as I later found the outer Ledge Spring Trail to be mostly steep/high stone steps which would have probably a tougher climb up. There are plenty of great views around the top and especially along the Jomeokee trail. I felt like I was in some sacred temple space or something as I circled the Big Pinnacle, with its amazing cliffs, caves, and unique formations. The outer Ledge Spring trail was somewhat tough on the knees on the way down as the stone steps wind down around cliffs perfect for climbing, then it takes a steady and steep uphill route for the last quarter or half a mile to meet back up with the Grindstone Trail and loop around towards the summit. The trails were pretty wet from steady trickling streams and muddy in several areas. I did see a couple of climbers on the way down which was neat. You can hear the traffic hum from Highway 52 most of the way up as the park is not far from the highway. All in all not a bad hike.

1 month ago

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

Great trail if you're looking for a up hill hike! Good for trail running

I love this trail! If you are in good shape, you may enjoy this as a trail run - plenty of variety and rolling ups/downs - with the last part the steepest (think stairs). Beautiful scenery, from wooded forest to views appearing near the top. Out and back trail, not loop. Wear grippy shoes - loose rock and dirt abound. Such a gorgeous view at the top, you’ll have earned it! Bathrooms and water at top of trail is a plus. If you want to hike up but don’t like going downhill, take two cars and leave one up top.

Went yesterday (a friday) and ran into only one person on the grindstone trail before the Ledge Spring Trail (closer to the parking lot at the top). Definitely some effort required but not very strenuous over all, probably like a 3.5/5 on strenuousity (?). Definitely worth the hike vs. driving, and I would recommend doing the Jomeokee Trail around the Big Knob. It was extremely windy yesterday at the top which led to chilliness and hair in my face. Also I would lable this as out-and-back as well. You could take the Mountain Trail and add 4.5 miles and do the Ledge Spring Trail to add 2.5? 2.8? to make it almost completely new trails on the way back, but that'd be a hefty hike for sure. Overall a fantastic hike that I'd easily recommend.

Great Trail. Be in good shape for this one.

3 months 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.

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.

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!

6 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.

6 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.

7 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.

7 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!

8 months ago

really nice wooded trail. not difficult. rehabbing my knee to get back to being able to trail run again. This trail will be high on my list to run soon.

best to hike early when the parking lots are empty. As we left the parking lots were so full they had a Ranger directing traffic in and out one of the lots.

Beautiful hike! Definately would do again.

Second time on this trail and I would do it again. First time was a clear day and the views were spectacular. Second time it was misty and cloudy. I felt like I was in the land of the lost. It really added a mystique to the trail that you don't get on a clear day. The first 2 miles are fairly easy then you start climbing the ridge line, watching your step and get that heart pumping. I opted to take the ledge spring trail and there are tons of outcropping ledges to test your fear of heights. Kept my dog on a short leash in those areas. If you want to burn 800 calories, kill 3 hours and have a great hike, I highly recommend this trail.

Beautiful views! Took the whole family...me, my husband, his service dog, 6 year old, 4.5 year old and 2 yesr old. It was a but rough for the 4 year old but there were plenty of spots to sit and relax on our trek. She said she could almost touch the clouds when we got to the top!

This was a really good hike, no leisurely stroll that's for sure but the top is worth the 3 mile incline. I went on the yellow trail at the fork.... it was more strenuous than the blue trail. You literally climbed rock stairs for half a mile.

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