Grindstone, Ledge Spring, and Jomeokee Trails Loop

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Pilot Mountain State Park

Grindstone, Ledge Spring, and Jomeokee Trails Loop is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pinnacle, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 731 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

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muddy
5 days ago

Did this loop over Memorial Day, was pretty crowded even for a totally overcast and misty day. It would have been much more crowded had it been sunny and not closing the park at 11AM. The Pilot Mtn St Park team does a great job keeping the trails maintained, and they have recently rerouted Grindstone away from the more dangerous cliff and climbing areas - we noticed one loose rock on the edge and suspect with all the recent rains and erosion, the wall can become a bit dicey in spots. You now need a permit to go into those climbing zones, so please be careful and heed the warnings; also there are several erosion control areas that are blocked off near the top of Three Bears Gulley. The new Grindstone and Jomeokee sections are much easier than the Ledge Spring section which will slow you down quite a bit with all the rock steps. But the park has done a great job creating those steps. The overall hike is a nice short hike from the top with lots of variety.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good hike. Mostly just follows the road, with a few awesome views. Unless you like rock stairs, I recommend going up to the top on the Grindstone Trail. The cliffs are pretty awesome on the way back down. Beautiful park, very well blazed. Note. The Grindstone trail is different than AT map, due to trail construction.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views! Trails well marked. Some wet, muddy, slippery spots due to melting ice but easy to navigate around.

Well marked, clear trails with extraordinary views. Trails were in good shape, even after a wet few days. Had some trouble fining the turn off for the lower part of the loop near the summit that brings you to the rock climbing area. I followed a trail, but not the right trail. Make sure you find the yellow blazes before starting off there.

Last half mile is covered by down trees

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off trail
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike today at the park. A little cold, but sunny. Trails were clearly marked and easy to navigate. My husband and I including our four legged baby enjoyed our 3 hours hike. Would definitely do it again! There were multiple families barbecuing at the summit. plenty four legged friends hiking and at the summit. No issues. Wonderful day!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful weather in November.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike with a big pay off! Trail was very clean and busy

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful day to do the Ledge after seeing the knob to start. Could have used sticks due to the rocky path but still great loop for views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as far as one could see and rock climbers along the way.

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail with awesome views of the surrounding country and lots of scenic places along the pinnacle. Natural surface. Nothing too strenuous in elevation, but there are some rocky places that make for more than a leisurely stroll.

hiking
8 months ago

Great scenic trek for a quick hike. Great views and some semi challenging areas. Need to be in moderate shape for this one.

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rocky
9 months ago

Me and my pup had a great hike here. LOTS of rocks going uphill. Definite workout but GORGEOUS views.

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rocky
9 months ago

my first hike! started off at the Summit parking and followed the grindstone path all the way to thw end. then proceeded to turn around and took a wrong turn. the sign said to summit parking but it took us to the strenuous trail. which was rocky and tiring. we took multiple breaks and eventually found the parking lot again. we took the gravel path going down and the rocky part going up. the only downsides were that at the end of the grindstone path the bathrooms looked like they werent maintenanced that often with spiders all around the outside. i didnt even make it inside to see the inside.. also, more signs need to be on the trails stating distance to go and directions.

hiking
9 months 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.

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rocky
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

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11 months ago

Still love this trail!

hiking
11 months ago

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

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