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Pilot Mountain via Grindstone, Ledge Spring, and Jomeokee Trails

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Pilot Mountain State Park

Pilot Mountain via Grindstone, Ledge Spring, and Jomeokee Trails is a 6.1 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 and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 1,391 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Views

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Getting There

Please note as of July 2020 the Ledge Spring Trail will be closed at times for construction on the overlook. For more information please visit the park website: https://www.ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/home A moderately sloped trail that hikes through the woods to the summit. The trail will start across the road from the park office near the entrance.

Parking for this trail is available at the park office.

336-325-2355

The park entrance is directly off US 52 in between Pinnacle, NC and Pilot Mountain, NC (Pilot Mountain State Park, 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043).

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Melissa Olgun
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Hiking

We started the Grindstone trail from the park office, it is a shaded trail. Our phone said 8 miles for the entire trip. We did take ledge spring trail going up which I do not recommend if you have bad knees or bad hips. There are a lot of stone steps and most of them are on an incline and very narrow which makes it challenging. You will see a lot of rock climbers in this section.

Brennon Harrison
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Kevin Bates
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HikingGreat!

Got to the lower parking lot at about 9:45am on Saturday, 7/18 and got the last actual parking spot. There appears to be a second parking lot about 1/2 mile up from there, and another parking lot at the top of the summit. A buddy and I took the Grindstone trail from the parking lot, about 3 miles one way to the summit. The trail is very well-maintained....and the farther you ascend the more solidarity you find...until you come out directly onto the giant parking lot at the top of the summit. Don't get me wrong....I love people! But hiking up in this beautiful forest only to then emerge onto the parking lot is a bit anti-climactic for me, and unfortunately there is no way around this. Just an interesting thing to note. I would say most people opt to drive to the top, so we didn't encounter too many people walking from the bottom parking lot to the summit. But keep in mind that it is very busy at the top so if serenity is what you seek, this may not be what you are looking for! The views are amazing from little pinnacle lookout (signs for it at the top) where you get a picturesque view of Pilot Mountain, and on a clear day you can peer at Winston in the distance. The view to hike difficult ratio is very high in my opinion.....views are spectacular for a relatively easy hike to the top. My watch clocked an elevation gain of about 1300ft but it is spread out across the course of the trail. We descended back down the way we came (Grindstone Trail) as we had prior plans, but all in all....it was well worth it. Opt for what you are comfortable with...driving to the top to enjoy the views or starting from the bottom parking lot and working your way up. Note that the Grindstone trail coming up doesn't provide any views and is 95% shaded, so you are not missing too much, but if you want a good 2-hour workout (roundtrip) with your prize being a view at the top, then I heavily endorse making the trek. Cheers-

Sarah Rushing
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Hiking

The views (and spur trails) up top are fantastic. Prepare yourself for the crowds on the way up, knowing that there is a large parking area near the summit. The Grindstone trail is fine, mostly shaded. No views until near the top. I'd recommend staying on the Grindstone trail to the summit parking lot, then doing the Jomeokee loop and coming back down on the Ledge Spring (and then again to the Grindstone). No restrooms at the entrance parking lot. There are restrooms at the summit parking area.

baylie cosentino
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Sherra K.
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HikingRocky

Great workout - parked at the summit hiked down to the bottom and back up! Beautiful state park! For a Saturday morning, not too crowded on the trails!

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gilbert Lawrence
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Hiking

Nice trail. We did it in 4hrs taking time for pictures at Little and Big Pinnacles at the summit.

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Tony Cartledge
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Hiking

Great trail - lots of tall steps on Ledge Spring, but well worth the effort.

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Kristine Burnot
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Hiking

I loved this trail so much. The climb was great. Lots of little waterfalls All over to jump across. Was super busy at the top. When I finally got there I wondered if people remembered there was a pandemic.

Bill Watson
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HikingMuddy

Quickest way up the mountain on the trails, the Mountain Trail is gradually sloping and a good warmup, then hit Grindstone until you have a choice, either up the steps on Ledge Spring or up the smooth Grindstone trail. Just remember it's either steps or smooth coming back down. The trails on top are easy. Overall a nice hike with lots of variety.

Lisa C.
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HikingMuddy

Well marked routes. Lots of babbling streams (possibly only due to heavy rains the week prior) and rock formations to keep it interesting along the wooded climb.

Trevor Parrott
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Hiking

Started this trail around 7:30 AM May 23, 2020. Parked at the park visitor center parking lot before starting on Grindstone Trail. The trail is easily identifiable due to beaten path, as well as blue triangles every 50-100 yds pinned to trees. The conditions were somewhat muddy due to the previous weeks amount of rainfall, but still hike-able. There are route maps posted along the trails as well as the summit parking lot and Visitor Center Parking log. The trail has some decent hill climbs of different grade that do not utilize switch backs and is a straight up/down trail. State Park authorities started closing entrance gate at around 11:30-12:00 A.M. but am not sure what the reason was.

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Justin Nitsuj
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Park rangers had the front gates to the park closed. They said the park will be open on weekdays, but is closed on weekends due to the high volume of guests and the fear of them spreading Corona virus.

Kate Shafer
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Wes Walter
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Hiking

Awesome hike! The trail has changed from what AT map shows toward the top due to trail construction. Very well blazed park with an awesome reward at the end.

Ludy Bahneman
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Curtis Hatfield
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Hiking

Part of the trail was confusing and possibly blocked off near the parking lot. The ledges portion of the trail was very nice, lots of rock climbers. View at the end was great!

Catie Conrad
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Rita Merritt
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For a hike in February it was great.

Kristi Talbott
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Hiking

I felt that the roads that intersected this hike was a huge detraction. There were so many people at the top, and the fact that you can just drive to the top made it feel like less of a victory. I was also disappointed that I couldn’t climb to the peak of Pilot Mountain. The walk around the base was nice though.

Anne Dulin
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Jamie Timmer
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A steeper hike, but very rewarding!!! Lots to view on the way up! Very neat rock formations on the way up! Also good overlooks!

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Sarah Freeman
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Hiking

good hike, not too challenging and easy enough to follow. didn't really like how at the peak you can just park there and there were tons of kids everywhere. the fact that you could just drive up to the top and walk a half a mile kinda ruined the vibe. something about only hiking the whole trail to see the peak is special. I probably won't come back. views were great and a few streams so my dog could drink water.

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Jared Webb
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Hiking

Trail was very well maintained, saw a park ranger in the visitor center and he was ready for any and all questions about the park. Beautiful hike, loved seeing people out rock climbing.

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Justin Cabiltes
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HikingIcy

1/20/20 Solid trail. It has some icy parts but manageable. A lot of traffic. Trail is well marked.

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