Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle

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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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  • Beautiful views easy hike and great parking. Surrounding area has great wineries and B & Bs. Close to Mount Airy.  more »
  • The weather was gorgeous, roads were easy to follow, and the view was absolutely incredible! The facilities were well maintained also.  more »
  • I really enjoyed this hike! A friend finally got me to go and boy was I glad I went! What a gorgeous place. The hike up is strenuous but well worth it, I know not everyone can hike it but if you have ...  more »
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  • This is park is amazing! It is easily accessible & has many beautiful trails. I highly recommend driving up for a sunset. During the last 30-45 minutes of sunlight, the colors change so much that you feel like you are taking pictures of a different scene, every few minutes. Enjoy the pictures and this breathtaking treasure!
  • A great escape for those in the Triad! Located about 30 minutes NW of Winston Salem, Pilot Mountain is a great park. The mountain itself rises quite suddenly from the surrounding countryside, and its unique shape is one of the natural highlights of NC. The views at the summit are spectacular! You actually can't get to the absolute top of the Big Pinnacle as it's federally protected, but the Jomeokee Trail around the base of it is great. There are some areas for rock climbing, and a couple of trails up and around the mountain. Wonderful park!
  • A favorite park for many. Trails for various levels of fitness. Beautiful views. Clean bathrooms. Be sure to go right, down the hill after you view the overlook in the parking lot. The views are amazing and you can sit right along the edge of the mountain.
  • What a wonderful place to spend the day to appreciate nature. The park is free admission. The bathrooms are well maintained and clean. It does get packed up top so be patient, but the views at the top is well worth it.
  • Pilot mountain - exposed 360° views of the surrounding area, very easily accessed rock climbing with a good mix of trad/sport/top roping. Most routes can be top roped. Expect the limited sport routes to get crowded. Very fun, also good hiking for the less vertically inclined.

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