Bean Shoals Canal Trail

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Bean Shoals Canal Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinnacle, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles 88 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






The trail begins at the turnaround area of the access road, near the intersection with the Horne Creek and Yadkin Island Trails. It hugs the north shore of the Yadkin River for half a mile. It also follows along an active railroad track, as well as the ruins of the unfinished Bean Shoals Canal.

2 months ago

Great views with parking at trailhead . Great stroll for those not into hikes longer than one mile.

8 months ago

Pilot Mountain Bean Shoals trail is an easy trek along the Yadkin River with beautiful views of the river and other sights that are sure to keep you interested. Be careful of copperheads while hiking this trail, we actually saw one less than one foot off of the trail. On one side of the trail is the river and on the other side of the trail is an active train track and part of a water dam project made of rocks that was supposed to divert the water but the project was never finished. If you are hiking Horne Creek Trail and Yadkin Islands trail to make a loop don’t miss this short in and out trail as in my opinion it was the best of the three trails. Happy Hiking! :)

11 months ago

very pretty trail along the yadkin river at the site of where an incomplete dam was made in 1825. hooks up to a 2.5 mile one way trail that continues along the river

1 year ago

Beautiful views of the river rushing past from its edge!