Looking for a great trail in Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 13 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 8 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.

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rocky
5 days ago

This is an easy to moderate trail. It has moderate traffic. A very small stream in between. Better if you take rocky part of the trail while getting down and the gravel path while climbing up. Overall a nice experience.

Great views; well-marked.

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rocky
9 days ago

Great trail, starts right across from visitors center. It actually combines two trails so you will want to look at map so you know where to change trails. It was a moderate hike we were able to let dogs off leashes. I think we passed one or two hikers. I wore running shoes, it was a little rocky so hiking boots probably would have been better. Great trail, perfect distant would do again!!

Loved this hike! Did the Ledge Spring trail. It was pretty strenuous coming up the backside climbing the steps, but great workout. Amazing views!

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26 days ago

Great trail for running

Great trail for a run......tough climbing

Half of this loop is closed for construction along Grassy Ridge trail.

Parking lot was full so we parked at the bottom and hiked up! Great day a lot of people but mostly at the top..

Hiked on a July Saturday. Was hot and still had a lot of people on trail. Hike was a good workout, especially in the heat. Wide open trails with moderate climb until the last .4 miles. Would recommend trail on a weekday but not on weekends.

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1 month ago

Well maintained with glimpses of wildlife and a great canopy. Not a ton of versatility but a few creek crossings made it interesting. Did this as part of the Mountain-to-Sea Segment 7 trail.

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1 month ago

This trail is one of my favorites!

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1 month ago

Great hike. I registered a total of 7 miles out and back to our car which was parked in the Boyd Nelson parking lot. Saw no humans but whoa, the wild life! We saw a total of 7 deer in 4 separate encounters. We also saw a coyote. Pretty neat! Wore me out though. Some of the trail is covered with stones which I find it difficult to walk on due to having flat feet. I wear great footwear but it did not help much. Why is this trail not so popular?

Well marked and easy to follow. Passed groups of people but was never crowded. A great place to spend the day.

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1 month ago

Great trail - not highly traveled and mostly shaded.

A little washed out from summer storms but not bad. Plenty of water drips to cool off under.

Its a beautiful trail to hike after a heavy rainfall, as you can see water still coming off the rocks.

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2 months ago

Really nice trail, quiet and well-kept. Enjoyed the wooded parts and the lovely areas adjacent to the river. Horne creek was beautiful and a great place to cool off in the summer heat. Some bugs present but using bug spray kept it tolerable. Connected this trail and the Bean Shoals canal as well. Definitely a new favorite- lots of fresh deer tracks by the Yadkin in the late afternoon too

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2 months ago

Hiked it from the Boyd Nelson Road parking lot into Pilot Mt and back out. Beautiful trail overall. Almost totally in the woods. Crosses a few streams with very little difficulty. Moderate to a little strenuous in a few areas, but the moderate classification serves it right. Very nice hike. passed a solo hiker out & back. Otherwise, it was just us. Very lightly travelled. Recommended!

Beautiful hike, amazing views. A mix of moderate and challenging with some rock climbing.

Still love this trail!

Nice hike with the dog, but very busy so it got hard to hike in some spots with the foot traffic

Great moderate trail for a morning hike.

Watch out for ticks. I found two on me at separate times while I was at the summit and I stayed on the path. I'm glad they didn't hook in to me. The place up top is slightly obnoxious. It's bizarre they have a parking lot up there. Really kills the vibe. Great workout though and had to take quick rest while at the end going up the stairs. It was beautiful and only about 2 hours from Raleigh.

The trail was much easier than I anticipated. My son and I hiked this trail in reverse order opting to hike up Pilot Mt first while our legs were still fresh. The only section that was moderately difficult was the Ledge Spring descent. There were great views at the top of Pilot Mt but not so many during the rest of the trek. We selected a great day to hike and the trail was very pleasant. We completed the trek in just under 4 hrs. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to me, with only about 1.5 miles left in our trek, my phone switched into battery saver mode and stopped tracking our hike.

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2 months ago

Wife wanted to do this trail due to driving over creeks to get to Bean Shoals. Glad we did. I estimate the trail to be more around 4 miles total (out/back) instead of the posted 5 miles according to my apple watch. One of the most beautiful trails that I have done too date. Recommend bringing some bug repellent as there are gnats and mosquitoes galore.

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2 months ago

Another fun trail! We parked just before getting to the first creek there are three. There are butterflies everywhere. The markers are visible and the park is well maintained. Ran into one family just as we were leaving very quiet park.

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2 months ago

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