Pilot Creek Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Pilot Creek Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinnacle, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

6.1 miles
692 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Heading north on Highway 52, pass the exit for the park's main entrance. Take exit 134 and go west on 268 for a very short distance. Turn left onto Shoals Road and then left onto Boyd Nelson Road. The large parking area is on the right, just past the small bridge over Pilot Creek.

23 days ago

A nice walk in the woods. A neat old wagon is still on one side of the trail from years ago.

1 month ago

Great trail. My family hikes it weekly. Beautiful shaded hike- just no ‘views’

2 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. You can do it slow or fast. Very easy did it in two hrs.

8 months ago

This was a good stroll through the woods. It would be good for trail running. No views except at the parking lot. Two small running creeks today. Looks like their might be one more small one in the spring.

Also signs say 3.5 miles one way but GPS for round trip said 6.1. Not sure which one is correct.

9 months ago

Great trail when you are looking for a beautiful walk in the woods.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pilot Mountain State Park recently expanded on the northern edge of the mountain section. This allowed the park to add the recently completed Pilot Creek Trail. The trailhead is on Boyd Nelson Road, on the right after crossing the small bridge over Pilot Creek. There is plenty of room for parking. You start from a pretty spot, surrounded by rolling hills and meadows. Once you cross the field, it is all forest for a little over three miles until it meets up with the Grindstone Trail just past the campground area. The trail crosses a few feeder streams before winding around the lower portion of the mountain's northern side. I passed lots blooming dogwood trees today. The trail is very well built. I hiked it in the early morning after an overnight rain with no issues at all. Because of the length to the summit (roughly ten miles round trip), it likely will be a good trail to avoid the large crowds and occasional parking issues. This trail is a great new addition to the park!

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