The Pilot Mountain State Park TRACK Trail follows the Sassafras Trail. This moderate 0.3 mile trail offers scenic views of the pilot mountain pinnacle and vistas of the surrounding mountains, while leading hikers through a unique fire-based forest ecosystem.
For centuries Pilot Mountain has served as a landmark for Native Americans, early explorers, and migrating wildlife. This iconic peak is the most recognizable mountain in North Carolina and forms the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park. Rising to an elevation of 2421 feet, this solitary quartzite mountain, part of the ancient Sauratown Mountain range, was dedicated as a National Natural Landmark, and now serves as a beacon to hikers, rock climbers, and nature lovers.
A 6.5 mile wooded corridor trail joins the Mountain Section of the park with the Yadkin River Section which includes the north and south side of the river and a dozen small islands. This scenic section of the Yadkin provides hiking trails, fishing, and includes a canal wall built in 1825 that was designed to deliver boat traffic above the rocky shoals that form islands in this portion of the river.
Since 1968, a portion of the wild piedmont and a geological wonder has been preserved for you to enjoy at Pilot Mountain State Park.
Adventures for Pilot Mountain State Park
Nature's Hide & SeekDifficulty:
Hikin' to Find LichenDifficulty:
Pilot Mountain: Fire on the MountainDifficulty:
The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
The Pilot Mountain State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed between the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program and North Carolina State Parks.