Pilot Mountain State Park features great views of the Piedmont and the surrounding mountains. You’ll see the rest of the Sauratown Mountains, of which Pilot Mountain is a part. The countryside spreads out below the namesake mountain. Winston-Salem is even visible on a clear day.
Pilot Mountain State Park Trails
It is a very popular hiking destination about 30 minutes from Fancy Gap. There are two sections, with lots of trails to choose from — 40 miles in total.
The Trying to Unwind blog is a great source for information about the park. You’ll find directions, park hours, a map of both the mountain and river sections, a list and description of the trails and more. Here’s a helpful list of the trails from their blog.
|Section||Pilot Mountain Trail||Hiking (one way)||Equestrian||Paddle|
|River||Bean Shoals Canal Trail||0.5|
|Mountain||Grassy Ridge Trail||1.7||1.7|
|River||Horne Creek Trail||2.5|
|River||Ivy Bluff Trail||1.3|
|Mountain||Ledge Spring Trail||1.6|
|Mountain||Little Pinnacle Overlook Trail||0.1|
|Mountain||Mountain to Sea (segment)||12.6|
|Mountain||Pilot Creek Meadow|
|Mountain||Pilot Creek Trail||3.3|
|River||Yadkin Island Trail||1.5||1.5|
|Pilot Mountain||Total Miles||40.3||9.8||0.2|
The Jomeoke Trail circles Big Pinnacle and features long-range views of the Sauratown mountain chain and the surrounding Piedmont. It’s an easy trail that begins at the peak-top parking lot. A side trail to Little Pinnacle provides the best views of Big Pinnacle.
Other Things to Do at Pilot Mountain State Park
Places to Stay
If you need a place to stay in the area, check out Pilot’s Perch Cabins.
- Location: 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road; Pinnacle; NC; 27043
- Travel Time from Fancy Gap: ~30 minutes
- Distance: multiple trails (40 miles total; .1 mile to 12.6 miles)
- Skill Level: multiple trails easy to strenuous
- Highlights: Big Pinnacle of Pilot Mountain