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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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  • You can drive right up to the top parking lot and then it's an easy hike to the top view points. There are lower views as well if you are not up to going to the top. 360° views. If you're in the area,...  more »
  • We came up during peak leaf looking season and it was really busy. We were stopped by the ranger at the bottom informing us that it was at least and 40 minute wait at the top for parking. He suggested...  more »
  • My boyfriend and I stopped there on our way home. This was a wonderful experience. We weren't totally prepared for the light hiking but it was easy and fun. We hiked to the pinnacle and enjoyed the va...  more »
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  • Pilot mountain is gorgeous! I usually hike up from the bottom, but on my recent trip I was looking for a quick stop to stretch my legs on a long drive home. You can drive to the top and take the jomeokee trail, or hike all the way up. Great spot to see sunset!
  • My daughter to us here for a hike. It is one of my favorite hikes ever...beautiful, well maintained, well marked trails that are easily accessible and easy enough for anyone to enjoy. There are decent flushable men's and women's facilities right by the upper parking lot...and the views are breathtakingly expansive
  • I have always loved this place every since childhood and I am 60 years old. I love the trails and looking at the eagles circle around the nest.
  • The views are amazing. The trails are easy to moderate and makes for an excellent rest stop. Bathrooms are available as well.
  • 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.