Pilot Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide

North Carolina

Pilot Mountain has been a landmark in the area for hundreds of years, and a helpful way for travelers to determine where they’re headed. The park has miles of trails, climbing, camping, and beautiful scenery. The summit is the main focus of the park, and is connected to the Yadkin River by a trail. Family camping and canoe-in campsites are available as well.

Weather at the park doesn’t get too hot in summer, with highs in the mid-80s. Winters dip into the high 20s, and the park gets between 5-9 days of precipitation a month.

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Weather
Spring 38°F – 75°F
Summer 63°F – 85°F
Fall 39° F – 78° F
Winter 29°F – 50°F
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Nearby Cities
Pinnacle, NC
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Pilot Mountain State Park

Camping is available at 42 tent and trailer sites in the park, and some sites can accommodate RVs as well. There are showers, but no hookups. If you choose to rent an RV, consider renting with RVshare. Each rental vehicle comes with nationwide insurance coverage, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a dedicated team that will work to make sure you have the perfect RV for your travel plans and unique needs.   

There are also several nearby campgrounds where you can stay while you visit the park:

Jomeokee Park

Jomeokee Park is at the bottom of Pilot Mountain, and has beautiful views and an amphitheater that hosts music shows and other events. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes 
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: n/a
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: gas refills and firewood available for purchase

Greystone RV Park

Greystone is near Pilot Mountain, as well as to ziplining, the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and more. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, fishing pond

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What to Do at
Pilot Mountain State Park

Inside Pilot Mountain State Park

There are a number of things to do at Pilot Mountain State Park.

Hiking: There’s plenty of hiking in the park, where Little Pinnacle Overlook gives hikers a close-up view of Big Pinnacle and the valley, and the six-mile woodland corridor connects the two sections of the park. 

Paddling: Trails aren’t just for hiking at Pilot Mountain! The Yadkin River Canoe Trail makes part of its 165-mile journey through the park, passing through five reservoirs before it gets to the confluence of the Yadkin and Uwharrie rivers. 

Bicycling: The main road is a popular cycling hill for experienced riders. The road is about a 10% grade for several miles, and gets up to 16% in some sections, so it’s a good workout! 

Fishing: Anglers can fish from river banks, and could catch smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and catfish. You do need a state fishing license. 

Climbing: Rock climbing and rappelling are popular activities at the park, and the rocky cliffs are great for experienced climbers. Climbers are required to register with the park, but there is no fee to obtain a permit.

Outside Pilot Mountain State Park

There’s plenty to do outside the park as well! From learning about local history to relaxing with a glass of wine and taking in the view, once you’ve explored the park, try one of these activities. 

Restaurants

Mountain View Restaurant

Stop by in the morning for eggs, creamy grits, and country ham...or later in the day for a home-cooked dinner. The restaurant also hosts live bands, so your dinner may have musical accompaniment!

Type: American

Location: Pinnacle, NC

Trail’s End Grill

This friendly diner serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try their pork steak and green beans, or fried okra. They’re also known for their homemade burgers.

Type: Diner

Location: Pinnacle, NC

EJ’s Restaurant

Tasty burgers, pasta and spaghetti, and dinner specials each night! EJ’s is also known for their delicious biscuits, which some reviewers say are the best they’ve ever had.

Type: Diner

Location: Pinnacle, NC

Shopping

Pilot Country Store

Drop-in for ice cream or soda on a hot day, or browse the country store for decor and collectibles, candy, and more. If you stop in on the first Saturday of the month, you might also catch the car show in the parking lot outside.

Location: Pinnacle, NC

Sightseeing

Horne Creek Farm

See, smell, touch, and hear things once common in rural North Carolina when you visit Horne Creek Farm! Visitors can encounter animals once kept on area farms, or try old-fashioned apple varieties that have been grown on the farm for generations. Try cutting grass with a scythe, or learn to cook on a wood stove.

Location: Pinnacle, NC

Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour

Take a stunning zipline ride through the North Carolina tree top canopy on one (or several!) of the eleven ziplines here. Kids ages 3 and up can participate in the zipline rides, and everyone is sure to come away with an adventure they’ll be talking about for a long time!

Location: Westfield, NC

Blue Ridge Music Center

Stop in to the Blue Ridge Music Center and sing, clap, and stomp along to bluegrass, blues, folk, and Americana concerts in the amphitheater. You can learn about the region’s musical heritage at the Roots of American Music Museum, and listen to Midday Mountain Music sessions.

Location: Galax, VA

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How to Get to
Pilot Mountain State Park

Although onboard GPS units aren’t reliable near the park, the good news is that the mountain is easy to see! 

From the North River section (Surry County), take US 52 to the Pinnacle exit and follow the signs to Horne Creek Farm. The park entrance is approximately .4 miles past the farm.

From the South River section (Yadkin County), take NC 67 to the town of East Bend. From Main Street follow the signs for the Yadkin River Trail, turning right on Fairground Road. Turn right on Shady Grove Church Road, turn right on Shoals Road, and follow it to the park.

The address for the park is 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle.

Entering Pilot Mountain State Park

There are no entrance fees for the park.

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