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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.

2.6 miles
797 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

rock climbing


bird watching



wild flowers


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 month ago

Crowded, unable to run but amazing views.

3 months ago

I hiked with my dog the mountain trail to Grindstone to ledge ridge, then to the summit. The total mileage was a little over 10 miles. I agree with other reviewers, the trail rating is hard is because of the total mileage. I had a great hike during the week, encountering very few hikers. I’ll be back.

6 months ago

We started on the Jomeoke trail (picks up behind rest room) and joined up with ledge springs trail. Almost felt like we were doing the route backwards but it was a good strenuous hike, beautiful views and lots of wildlife. Great hike and I can’t wait to return in the fall to do it again when the leaves are changing

6 months ago

Challenging and scenic! Amazing overlooks. Nice for a high paced workout.

7 months ago

The best hiking is done on these trails and the Grindstone. Best views in the park.

rock climbing
7 months ago

Did some climbing and hiking here. Really enjoyed the location and routes. Tones of great routes from trad to sport to TR. some nice 90’ routes and all levels of difficulty. Was pretty when we headed there on a Sunday afternoon, though still plenty of routes open to climb. Can’t wait to go back. Easy parking, cold working fountains, bathrooms and well maintained bolts and anchors.

8 months 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.

9 months 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.

9 months ago

Excellent views, Rockclimbing on the Ledge.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Amazing trail!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

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.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Excellent trail. Great views.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

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

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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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