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.

5.9 miles
2,099 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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

trail running
5 months ago

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

Friday, October 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.

Sunday, October 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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