Pilot Mountain, Mount Airy

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Pilot Mountain State Park is a North Carolina state park in Surry and Yadkin Counties, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Pinnacle, North Carolina on highway US 52, it covers 3735acre and includes the distinctive 2,241 foot (683 m) peak of Pilot Mountain.HistoryThe Saura, a Native American tribe of the North Carolina Piedmont region, knew the mountain as Jomeokee meaning the Great Guide. It served as a guidepost also for the European settlers of the Carolina who similarly named it Pilot.The Saura were driven out of the area by the Cherokee. The first European settlers in the area were Moravians, a Christian religious group from Germany that settled in the Thirteen Colonies seeking freedom of religion and to evangelize among the Native Americans. Settlement in the area was slowed until after the American Revolutionary War which relieved tense relations between the Cherokee, the British, and local setters.
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  • You can ascend to about halfway up the "knob" of Pilot Mountain easily from Highway 52. Partway to the stopping place is a very helpful park ranger station with excellent displays and directions.At th...  more »
  • The drive to the top of the mountain is scenic in itself. Once at the top there are overlooks easily accessible from the parking lot for viewing and photo taking. You can take a 0.8 mile moderate inte...  more »
  • Follow a scenic drive to the top of pilot mountain where you can take a short, easy walk to the lookout point facing the outcropping. Other Trail spurs provide excellent views in other directions.  more »

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