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Scenery was awesome. Lots of trails some easy and some more difficult. A dog friendly park. Nice... read more

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Reviewed January 4, 2019

Last March, I had hip replacement surgery and about a month later I was getting cabin fever and wanted to get out and do something. Still on a cane so nothing strenuous but still a place where I could appreciate the beauty and walk around and enjoy myself.

Had driven by Pilot Mountain many times but never stopped so put in on my "some day" list. Pilot Mountain may sound familiar because Andy Griffith switched in around and it became Mount Pilot.

Beautiful spring day and the gloom of winter was retreating and the soft green of Spring Foliage was coming out. Beautiful day.

As we approached the Park from the Southeast on US 52 coming out of Winston Salem, Pilot Mountain looms in the distance. The formation itself is an old volcano and the rock surround the central plug has eroded away leaving today what is Pilot Mountain.

Turned out to be an excellent choice. When you drive into the park, you can drive almost all of the way up to a shoulder abutting the main peak. Without much effort you're suddenly hundreds of feet above the valley below and it all spreads out like a carpet beneath your feet.

Ample parking with well maintained trails and panoramic vistas and a lot of photo opportunities.

Looking to the Southeast, you're looking at US 52 leading back into Winston Salem. Looking to the Northwest, you're looking at Mount Airy aka Mayberry and in the distance, the edge of the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Escarpment. There is a guide at one of the benches that helps you identify the peaks in the distance. To the west, you're looking toward Elkin and the lush Yadkin Valley basin.

For the novice, the trails are easy but there are opportunities for the more adventuresome for some Rock Climbing experiences. I did some Rock Climbing 30 years ago but since I was recovering from Hip Replacement Surgery, that was the last thing I needed to try.

Ample parking, pet friendly, easy relaxing trails with great vista, it a great place to relax.

From Winston Salem. it's about 20 to 25 minutes away. From Mount Airy / I-77 coming out of Virginia, again about 20 minutes away. From Charlotte, probably about 1 1/2 hours away but a pleasant drive.

One of the most relaxing places I have been too in a good while and sorry I did not write this earlier.

Great Place

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank LKNCHOWHOUND
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

Beautiful park..you can walk for hours. Can't wait to go back and spend more time...So many trails..Loved it...

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Marcia M
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Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

The place is really beautiful and good for hiking. Its really calm and the view from the top is mesmerizing.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank shrksingh
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Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Great place for hiking. Great view from top of the mountain. Wait time for parking on top of the mountain is the only downside. Nonetheless wonderful place to visit especially in the fall.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sudersand
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Can make a quick car to the top ride and hike the perimeter of the mountain or you can do the whole 8.2 mile hike from the visitor center. Easy hike on the main trail (Blue) the yellow trail is more strenuous but doable. There are small water “falls” along the way to cool off or take a break.

Bring bug spray, you might need it on the beginning/end of the hike in the thicker wooded areas.

You cannot hike to the summit of the mountain but the view from the top of the trails is spectacular.

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Date of experience: October 2018
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