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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. 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.

Outstanding!!!! If you take the grindstone trail from park office you'll come to a fork in the trail. Take the yellow marker to the right. It will take you on a hike around the side of the mountain. Gorgeous folks....

on Ivy Bluffs Trail

hiking
10 days ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Pilot Mountain State Park recently expanded on the northern edge of the mountain section. This allowed the park to add the recently completed Pilot Creek Trail. The trailhead is on Boyd Nelson Road, on the right after crossing the small bridge over Pilot Creek. There is plenty of room for parking. You start from a pretty spot, surrounded by rolling hills and meadows. Once you cross the field, it is all forest for a little over three miles until it meets up with the Grindstone Trail just past the campground area. The trail crosses a few feeder streams before winding around the lower portion of the mountain's northern side. I passed lots blooming dogwood trees today. The trail is very well built. I hiked it in the early morning after an overnight rain with no issues at all. Because of the length to the summit (roughly ten miles round trip), it likely will be a good trail to avoid the large crowds and occasional parking issues. This trail is a great new addition to the park!

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.

Good hike. Easy to find, and navigate. Most of the trail I would rate as easy, because there are not many steep inclines, and 80% of it was a wide, well worn path. Some navigating of rocks, but nothing "strenuous".
Great to see rock climbers and good views from the top on a clear day.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail can be strenuous at times. The view is worth the hike.