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Pilot Mountain, Mount Airy

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
Pilot Mountain, a metamorphic quartzite monadnock rising to a peak 2421ft above sea level, is one of the most distinctive natural features in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is a remnant of the ancient chain of Sauratown Mountains. The Saura Indians, the region's earliest known inhabitants, called the mountain "Jomeokee", meaning "great guide".U.S. Route 52 passes through the town of Pilot Mountain near the mountain, and the city of Mount Airy is some miles farther north. Pilot Mountain is part of the A.V.A Yadkin Valley, an American Viticultural Area comprising over 50 wineries, including a few wineries in the town of Pilot Mountain.Pilot Mountain has two distinctive features, named Big and Little Pinnacle. Big Pinnacle (also called "The Knob") has high and colorful bare rock walls, with a rounded top covered by vegetation, reaching approximately 1400ft above the surrounding terrain. Visitors can take a paved road to the park visitor center and campgrounds, then up to a parking lot on the ridge. Trails from there allow access to the main Little Pinnacle Overlook and other viewing stations.Pilot Mountain is part of Pilot Mountain State Park, which extends to the Yadkin River via a corridor of land, and it is associated with nearby Horne Creek Living Historical Farm. The curved depression between the ridge slope to the Little Pinnacle and then to the round knob of the Big Pinnacle gives the entire mountain an even more distinctive shape from a distance. Other interesting rock formations are to the east at privately held Sauratown Mountain, and the higher complex at Hanging Rock State Park.
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  • While visiting Mount Airy, we had to make the trip here to see Pilot Mountain. We were not disappointed. The view from the top is beautiful and worth the drive. 
  • The view is out of this world! Great peaceful place! The kids loved it! Its very easy to get to without a whole lot of walking. 
  • The view from the mountain was spectacular! Great picture taking opportunity. Good place to hike or walk the trails. 
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