Pilot Mountain State Park - North Carolina

April 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I was able to make a maiden voyage to Pilot Mountain State Park!  I wasn't sure how much I would like a place with a road all the way to the top, but I gotta say it is cool!

The boy and me hiked the Grindstone Trail from near the base of the mountain.  The first 2 miles were a casual, hilly stroll through the forest.  The last mile, the views really come around and they are awesome!  You can seemingly see forever.

Pilot Mountain stands just outside of the Blue Ridge Mountains, much taller than the surrounding piedmont.  The views are incredible.

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For some context, here is a shot from the Moore's Wall Loop Trail in Hanging Rock State Park.  You can see Pilot Mountain in the distance to the left.

Hanging Rock State Park Camping TripHanging Rock State Park Camping TripImages from Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina. During this trip we camped in the family camping campground, hiked to Hanging Rock as well as Moore's Knob. Gallery also includes images of people gathered around a campfire. For EVEN MORE context, here is a photo taken from Buffalo Mountain, well within the Blue Ridge Mountains/Plateau.  You can see Pilot Mountain shooting up from even here!

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And here is a drone shot taken just down the road from Pilot Mountain.

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