September 27, 2010
Near: Pilot Mountain, NC
Route: Jomeokee Trail
Grindstone Tr, Grassy Ridge Tr, Mountain Tr, Ledge Spring Tr
Distance: 10 miles
Conditions: Sunny, cool
Impression: If you haven't seen Pilot Mountain, this is truly one of the most unique mountains in all of North Carolina...visible from miles away though only 2421ft, the rock slab top towers over the surrounding valley and was once used to guide both Native Americans and early settlers traveling through the area...
We parked in the lot located a mere .8 miles from the actual pinnacle of Pilot Mountain...with this being a state park, there is very easy access to the top and the Jomeokee Trail that circles the peak...the parking lot was crowded, but once we wandered off on the other trails that are within the park, we found much more seclusion...the trails were relatively easy, but provided us with enough exercise to make the day hike a lot of fun...
i highly recommend taking a trip out to see Pilot Mountain if you live anywhere near the Winston-Salem area...there is very little camping in the state park though, so i would make this a day hike...
Directions to Trailhead:
Pilot Mountain State Park is located in Surry and Yadkin Counties, 20 miles north of Winston-Salem and 14 miles south of Mount Airy. From US 52, take the Pilot Mountain State Park exit and travel west into the mountain section of the park, where the park office is located.
For a map, i would go the Visitor Center at the park.