Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, and Sassafras Trails

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Ledge Spring, Jomeokee, and Sassafras Trails is a 2.6 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
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 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.

hiking
18 days ago

We started at the parking lot entrance to the trail. Mostly down hill at that point then turned left where the trail met Grindstone trail and kept following the yellow dots. This side was more strenuous with many uphill stone steps to climb. Passed by several rock climbers. We continued around the summit. Beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic views not only of the rock formations, mountains in the distance and the valley below, but the lizards sunning, song birds popping among the branches in beautiful melody and the ravens soaring, coupled with a fun trek up a rock ledge through 3 Bears Gully. What an enjoyable hike! Now one of our favorites to the Winston-Salem metro area.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent views, Rockclimbing on the Ledge.

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing trail!

hiking
6 months 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
6 months 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

9 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
10 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
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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
11 months ago

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

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Wonderful trail with an amazing view at the top!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Excellent trail. Great views.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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
Sunday, March 12, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, March 09, 2017

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
Saturday, February 25, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

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

Friday, December 30, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Combine this with the Grindstone or Mountain trail for a good day hike. I prefer going counterclockwise on this trail. The
backside is where you will find the climbers and you can always stop and rest and watch them. Great views all around from the backside. There really is a spring that I have used often over the years with no problems. It's on the backside right before the trail heads uphill. I suppose I should say "use at your own risk" but I've never had a problem.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Love the views

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Took the Jomeokee trail first, and picked up the Ledge Springs Trail. I would call this a challenging trail with large number of stone steps descending for about a mile. During the descent, you will see the cliffs and probably a good number of rock climbers during warm weather. Expect to traverse the trail through groups of climbers on the weekends. The spring is small (almost small enough to miss as it runs across the trail under a large rock as more of a trickle), but the water is incredibly clear and cold. The ascent starts at about the 1 mile mark. It is significant (748') mile long ascent on sandy soil with wooden steps. There are several good places to stop and take a break if needed. Take some snacks and plenty of water. The end of the trail will put you back out at the parking lot.

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Excellent views throughout this tough little hike. Lots and lots of stone steps on one side of the loop - so plan accordingly whether you like to go up or down steps. We chose to go up, and it can get pretty difficult at times...and keeps you wondering when it's going to end! Well worth it though - the views are amazing. Went in February so you can see through the trees pretty easily, which meant we had views for most of the hike. Bring water and snacks - those steps can wear you down!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

I take back what I said about the steps... have to have them if you start from parking lot and end going up them...

hiking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

started from the knob end of the trail ascended down about 500 man made stone steps I have such a dislike for although the cliff climbers halfway down made me forget about the knee jarring steps for a while. be careful about halfway the u turn to stay on this trail is not clearly marked. if you start on the parking lot end be ready for those 500 steps. we met a marine looking guy out of breath gasping leaning on a tree asking am I getting close.?

hiking
Friday, March 25, 2016

Amazing hike, moderate difficulty. Great views

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