Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, and Sassafras Trails

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Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, and Sassafras Trails is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pinnacle, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
748 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Pilot Mountain State Park - Ledge Spring and Jomeokee Trails form a demanding 2.8 mile loop trail located near Pinnacle, North Carolina that features forest, cliffs and amazing views. The trail is primarily used for hiking & rock climbing and is accessible year-round. 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.

1 hour ago

An amazing trail! On a cold day in December we enjoyed a couple of rock climbers! A great day!

hiking
1 hour ago

Amazing trail!

hiking
9 days ago

One direction will have you climbing up rocks, the other (starting at the trail head towards the pinnacle) will put you climbing up steps. A cool trip through the boulder fields but definitely a challenging hike.

hiking
9 days ago

I would describe this as "moderate" rather than "hard." Lots of diversity for such a small area. The parking area at the top is usually crowded, but take the Jomeokee Trail around the actual knob and you'll get some great, less trafficked views. This is probably the best hike within an hour of Winston-Salem

3 months ago

This is by far one of my favorite hikes in NC! I love that within an hour you can kick it and get a great workout or just enjoy the beauty of the views and hawks / vultures that fly above you. It's also a great solo hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

Fun hike. The day we went, there were several others hiking so if you like seclusion, this probably isn't the trail. Lots of areas to see out over the Yadkin Valley.

backpacking
5 months ago

This trail was great it kicked my hind end..I will definitely be doing this one again.

hiking
5 months ago

This was my first visit to Pilot Mountain, and it was better than I could've imagined. We hiked the Ledge Spring and Jomeokee trails.

The Ledge Spring was fairly strenuous, but I think my group made it a little more challenging by hiking up the steps instead of down

hiking
5 months ago

Pilot Mountain State Park offers well maintained trails, clean restrooms, beautiful views and a great workout on various hikes. love it!

6 months ago

Wonderful trail with an amazing view at the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent trail. Great views.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views everywhere on this trail. One of my new favorites

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

If you are in the area and don't have time to hike, it has an awesome view you can drive up to. The hike itself is awesome, It's a great little afternoon hike, and the trails are pretty clean. Lot's of overhangs, interesting boulders composed mostly of white mica schist from what I could see. This is a must see no matter who you are.

I wouldn't say this is a "Hard" course, though, for someone new to hiking, absolutely.

hiking
9 months ago

It's easy, just a regular hike with rock faces. View of Pilot is nice, not a bad trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice strenuous hike for a person out of shape (me)! Very few people here today, a Thursday. Will be back to do a longer trail next.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! So many steps....trying to get back in shape....felt so good to complete this hike. Can't wait to return.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this trail in August 2012 with my then 6 and 7 year old kids. Nice easy beginner experience with great views for rewards.

11 months ago

great views. rock climbing on weekends to watch. Steps that never end making it great if you want a real workout

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

First off, people this is not a hard or even moderate trail. I'm from Oregon and this trail was absolutely gorgeous but in not shape or form deserves a hard rating. It's only a 910 gradual elevation shift to the top. Who comes up with these designated ratings.

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