Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain has been a navigational and recreational landmark for centuries, offering miles of trails, camping, climbing, and spectacular scenery, all within a 2-hour drive from Charlotte, NC.
After meeting at the trailhead shown on the map marker below (or carpooling with us if you'd like), we will start at the Grindstone Trail towards the upper parking lot where there are two observation decks and bathrooms, and then hop on the Jomeokee trail which circles the dome. After the Jomeokee, we'll rest for a snack break and then continue on the Ledger Spring trail (a pretty common area to watch some pro rock climbers doing their thing). We will then reconnect back onto the Grindstone Trail and head back to the cars.
Bring plenty of water, snacks, money for your carpool driver (if you choose to carpool) and money for lunch afterwards (optional). This hike is not recommended for beginners. Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles are recommended. We'll take our time, go at a pace that's right for you, and enjoy the trail with all the beauty that nature offers. These are truly awesome and gorgeous trails with breathtaking sights.
Grindstone Trail is moderate to strenuous due to mileage and inclines.
Jomeokee is very easy and flat and circles the dome.
Ledger Spring Trail is very strenuous due to the many rocks we will be navigating. Make sure you are a decently experienced/fit hiker to best enjoy this trip.
The mountain summit remains the principal park area, connected to the Yadkin River section by a 6.5-mile trail corridor. An extensive trail network is augmented by a bridle trail and a canoe trail section on the river. Family camping in a 49-site campground is augmented by riverside group camps and canoe-in sites. Rock climbing and rappelling are allowed on portions of the park’s steep cliffs, and those cliffs perched around the mountain’s summit offer seemingly endless views of piedmont, Sauratown Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains.