Looking for a great trail in Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Pilot Mountain State Park ranging from 2 to 15.9 miles and from 800 to 1,601 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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 moderate trail! wear proper footwear as there is a lot of lose rocks and slightly steep in parts. you don't have to do the full length to get some nice views either. not an easy hike, but not difficult either, wouldn't mind doing it again!

Very touristy, but free! With such a unique mountain it's expected.

It was really muddy since it just rained, had to change my socks twice on the trail. and no greenery because I went during the winter. However, the peak was beautiful and I would absolutely take the trail again. My dog loved jumping on the rocks and running through the water. Definitely a trail for a beginner who is willing to challenge themselves, which is what I did.

Not bad. I saw one person the entire time. However, the weather wouldn't encourage many people to hit the trails (rain, cold, fog). The trail is broad and well maintained. Muddy at the bottom, but everywhere else was fine. The trail marking could be a bit better. Just be aware that Ledge Spring and Grindstone are the same trail at one point, though not every tree is marked with both colors (Grindstone- blue, Ledge Spring- yellow). I did some rappelling at a few spots while I was there- tons of fun and the bolts are secure. I had plans to stay overnight, but they have dedicated spots for car camping that have to be reserved. Right now the park closes at 6:00 pm, but starting in March it will close at 8:00 pm. Over all this was a very enjoyable hike.

1 month ago

I would say this would be easy maybe moderate in a couple of spots certainly not hard or strenuous. Small amount of road walking. Not much traffic.

1 month ago

Nice horse trail, perhaps good for just getting your miles in running or walking if you’re training for something ... but for hiking with my son it was just ok. No scenery, just trees and more trees. lots of people on horses passing, and TONS of horse

Nice trail...fairly easy climb of just over 6 miles if you loop around the base of the main outcrop. We went on Monday and encountered less than a dozen folks on the trail. Of course, it is January!

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.

2 months 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!

2 months 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!

3 months 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

4 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

4 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

5 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.

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