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Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle

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Mountain State Park
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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  • Depending on your ability level you can take a several mile hike or drive to the top and enjoy the beautiful views. The most important part is if you are in the area you take some time and view nature...  more »
  • We came for Memorial Day weekend and got there early, so it wasn't that crowded yet. Thankfully. We took the Jamoekee(?) trail and it wasn't bad for the whole family. It was very beautiful and we were...  more »
  • I won't go into the beautiful land of Pilot Mountain and the wonderful hiking trails, they all deserve a 5. Unfortunately the staff at the visitor center doesn't know much and was of very little help ...  more »
  • Aside from being exceptionally busy this park is fantastic. It has sparse accommodations, and isn't exactly a big park, but it has well maintained trails, good maps, and reasonable hours (i only wish there were extended hours at the top for stargazing). If you're looking to get away from all the people I recommend the mountain trail, as it is the most sparsely used trail, although it doesn't have great views or anything it's a nice little trail and a moderate length (at 4.5 miles). I recommend this park.
  • This was a unique place and I would visit again. I liked how they created steps and you weren't going down and up hill with only gravel paths..It was neat how the layout was. Young kids and some elderly can make the hike.
  • I've been here 3 times. The trail to the large pinnacle is well worth it. Jomeokee Trail is marked moderate and I'd say just about anybody could manage although there are a few stairs. I hiked up to the lookout while inside a rain cloud. The large pinnacle wasn't visible until the cloud passed through and the large pinnacle quickly revealed itself. Possibly one of the best experiences I've had!
  • Great mountain views. I held my 3 year old's hand firmly on the trails. It was so worth it for the views. 11 year old did fine....just made sure he stayed away from the edge. Beautiful.
  • I can't say how many times we have taken out-of-town visitors to Pilot Mountain. It has such a variety of skills for it's visitors that anyone can enjoy a visit. There is the main overlook just beyond the parking lot that is extremely easy to access, the trail around the knob is moderate, and there is also a rather difficult trail as well. Plus, since Pilot Mountain one of the only mountains in the immediate vicinity, the views are all unobstructed.