Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle

#28 of 100 in Nature in North Carolina
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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209 reviews
  • August 13, 2017
    I stopped by here for a hike and view on 8/9/17. My 15 and 12 yr olds took a hike with me. We took the Jomeokee Hike from the Summit area parking lot. It is a moderate 0.8 miles hike. It is very doabl...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We were able to hike to the summit and the views do not disappoint. Wide trails but expect lots of steps (both up and down.) Clean, fresh air and gorgeous views. Clean rest rooms. Everything is free s...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I have always seen Pilot Mountain but never got to hike it until recently. It is very close to Winston Salem (less than 30 minutes). They have a road almost to the top if hiking isn't your thing, with...  more »
  • May 22, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • May 14, 2017
    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!
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • May 20, 2017
    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.

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