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Best trails in Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina

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Looking for a great trail in Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash 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 12 moderate trails in Pilot Mountain State Park ranging from 2.6 to 15.9 miles and from 846 to 2,362 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(336) 325-2355
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Top trails (17)
#1 - Pilot Mountain via Grindstone, Ledge Spring, and Jomeokee Trails
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
Please note as of July 2020 the Ledge Spring Trail will be closed at times for construction on the overlook. For more information please visit the park website: https://www.ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/home A moderately sloped trail that hikes through the woods to the summit. The trail will start across the road from the park office near the entrance.Show more
#2 - Grindstone, Ledge Spring, and Jomeokee Trails Loop
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Ledge Spring and Jomeokee Trails form a demanding 2.8 mile loop trail located near Pinnacle, North Carolina. The Jomeokee Trail is a moderate relatively flat 0.8 mile loop around the base of Pilot Mountain's Big Pinnacle offering impressive cliff views as well as opportunities to see ravens and rare plants. The trail is marked by orange dots and is named by the Saura Indian Tribe, who used it as a guide or pilot landmark. The Ledge Springs Trail is a demanding hike up or down rocky or wooden steps with a varying slope. It travels along the base of the cliffs used by many climbers, starting to the west of Little Pinnacle. This part of the trail is marked by yellow dots. The "ledge spring" is really just a trickle of water forming a small stream, but there are several areas water permeates the rocks. The trail can be traveled either clockwize (starting with Jomeokee and then taking a left at the Ledge Springs Trail to travel down the rock steps and then back up a more steady sloped trail from the bottom back to the parking lot. A short cut through Three Bear Gulley will cut out most of the bottom part (and less scenic) part of the trail. Pilot Mountain is one of two nesting sites in North Carolina for the common Raven and also supports the environment for three rare plants: Greenland Sand Wort, Dwarf Alum Root and Bear Oak.Show more
#3 - Pilot Mountain via Mountain, Grindstone, Jomeokee, and Ledge Spring Trails
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 4 h 36 m
Start at the main office. Go across the street and left on the marked trail. Follow the marked Mountain Trail (nice moderate hike through the woods) until you get around the perimeter of the mountain to the intersection with the Grindstone Trail. Go right and you will start a moderate climb up. When you come to the intersection with the Ledge Spring Trail, veer to the right. Once you explore the top a bit, you can come back down the Grindstone Trail and you will end up at the parking area for a ~9 mile loop.Show more
#4 - Jomeokee Trail
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 28 m
The Jomeokee Trail is a moderate relatively flat 0.8 mile loop around the base of Pilot Mountain's Big Pinnacle offering impressive cliff views as well as opportunities to see ravens and rare plants. The Jomeokee Trail is a moderate relatively flat 0.8 mile loop around the base of Pilot Mountain's Big Pinnacle offering impressive cliff views as well as opportunities to see ravens and rare plants. The trail is marked by orange dots and is named by the Saura Indian Tribe, who used it as a guide or pilot landmark. Pilot Mountain is one of two nesting sites in North Carolina for the common Raven and also supports the environment for three rare plants: Greenland Sand Wort, Dwarf Alum Root and Bear Oak.Show more
#5 - Mountain Trail
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
A mostly wooded trail with some pretty views and elevation change as it heads about 3/4 of the way around Pilot Mountain. It connects with the Grindstone Trail to complete a nice loop.Show more
#6 - Pilot Creek Trail
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
#7 - Horne Creek Trail
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Note: As of October 30, 2020 users have reported that the gates to both the road to the marked Horne Creek trailhead and the larger parking area for the Corridor and Yadkin Islands trail are closed. You can find parking on the shoulder near the latter. The moderately sloped trail begins at the picnic area by the access road and follows Horne Creek until it reaches the Yadkin River. The trail then closely follows the river until it meets up with the Bean Shoals Canal Trail near the end of the access road. There are several creek crossings, so wear the right foot ware! You also have the option to combine the Yadkin Islands and Horne Creek trails into an enjoyable loop.Show more
#8 - Pilot Mountain via Mountain, Grindstone, Ledge Spring, and Jomeokee Trails
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
The trail starts at the southern part of Pilot Mountain and makes it way up the mountain going in a clockwise direction.  Although the trail is mostly a gradual slope up with a few ups and downs, at points it can be tricky to follow, so paying attention for the red blazes is important. You'll turn onto the Grindstone trail, which become it's steepest right before the left onto Ledge Spring Trail. Turning left onto Ledge Spring Trail, you'll follow this trail along the cliffs. You'll eventually reach the Jomeokee Trail. Loop around this trail and return on the Grindstone/Ledge Spring Trails. When you reach the intersection with the Mountain Trail again, take a left and continue down the mountain. You'll eventually reach the Pinnacle Hotel Road parking area where you started.Show more
#9 - Grassy Ridge and Mountain Trail Loop
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
As of June, 2020, users have reported that half of this loop is closed for construction along Grassy Ridge trail. Please consult the park's website before visiting. A moderate trail that wanders through lowland pine and hardwood forests, crossing some small streams with seasonal wildflower displays. It connects the Grindstone and Corridor Trails. Show more
#10 - Ivy Bluffs Trail
Pilot Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 55 m
This trail has many slopes as it descends to the south edge of the Yadkin River. It then follows the river with a small loop at the end. There are very nice river views both from above and down at river level.Show more
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