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Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle

Categories: Mountains, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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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  • We took an easy drive from Mount Airy, North Carolina, to Pilot Mountain State Park. However, if you are unfamiliar with the area and you plug in Pilot Mountain into your GPS, you will come to the cit...  read more »
  • We went on a day hiking trip from Raleigh. We did the 2.6 miles hike from the park office to the top. It took us about 2.5 h then my husband ran back down to the park office and got our car. It took h...  read more »
  • I love this park it has great views great parking the restrooms are nice and clean and also pet friendly I will be back in the fall 
  • A great place for a hike! Very clean facilities. There are multiple trail options- length and difficultly. A shorter, easy trail gives you great views. We've done this with 2 young children and dogs.
  • This was an impromptu camping pit stop for me, but it turned out to be a highlight of the trip. Campsite's great - with great facilities and very friendly/available on-site caretaker. The forest is beautiful, and the mountain vista is just breathtaking. Stop by for a few hours if you're passing anywhere near this natural landmark.
  • I've been hiking Pilot Mountain since I was a kid and it's still a great place to get away from civilization. The dangers and office staff are nice and always willing to point you the right way. They've even added some new trails lately. I can't wait to try them out!
  • Absolutely beautiful. Get there early or on an off day - parking lots fill up quick.
  • The park is maintained very nicely and the park people were so very nice and helpful. They did everything they could to make a difference in our stay, especially since we were fighting the rain. Facilities are good. Nothing fancy but still good. Will definitely return.
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