Pilot Rock Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,099 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Moderate trail with great views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Looking Glass Rock once you reach Pilot Rock.

hiking
4 months ago

Unfortunately the way google maps tried to take me to this trail had a blocked road so I didn’t actually do this trail, ended up doing another tho, and was nice. Make sure you take blue ridge parkway I guess instead of going in the back way. In hindsight that road was too steep and twisty for my car anyways so it worked out. Had to quit my tracking early to save battery but did around 12 miles I believe

hiking
5 months ago

It had recently rained so it was a little muddy at the start but at you gained elevation it wasn't too bad. There are a couple of nice lookouts along the way up which allows you to stop for a moment and catch your breath. I didn't encounter any other hikers, but did encounter a few small groups of mountain bikers coming down the trail. The weather was a bit finicky as I reached the top (sleet, rain, 40-50 mph gusts) so I didn't stay long. However the view from the top is amazing. You're situated just above the Pisgah Inn off of the parkway. Views for days. The gravel road to get to the trail was pretty well maintained. I had no problem with it in my small car.

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rocky
9 months ago

This trail is different to to Pilot Rock trail. This takes you the base of Pilot Rock. It is lightly trafficked and has a lot of unique features. Very rocky near the face and some great views up the face. If you are a climber this is the hike to the base.

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rocky
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Wed Jul 04 2018

Nice trail if u want to run and hike. Too difficult to run the entire trail. Great if ur in this mood.

hiking
Fri Oct 20 2017

Pretty much a straight up the mountain kind of trail. To get to the head of the trail you need to drive down a dirt road for like 4 miles. The view was blocked by trees when we got to pilot rock. Trail could use some maintenance.

hiking
Sun Oct 02 2016

If you start at the bottom (South) end of the trail (from Yellow Gap Road), it is pretty much uphill the entire route. You will be hiking uphill to the highest point on the trail (~5300 ft.) and only then is it downhill for the last ~0.2 miles. Of course if you are going out and back, then it's downhill all the way back. It took me about 2 hours to get to the peak and about an hour back down. The view is quite nice at the peak but it is a small view (i.e. not 360 degrees - probably more like 135). Make sure you have sturdy hiking boots as the trail is not kind on your ankles or feet.

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2 months ago

recorded Pilot Rock Trail

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recorded pilot rock

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