Are there any entry fees to enter Pilot Mountain State Park?
There are no entrance fees to experience Pilot Mountain State Park. However, In addition to park-specific rules (see below), please read the system wide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.
Can I fish at Pilot Mountain State Park?
Yes. Anglers need a state fishing license and must obey the regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
What are the regulations for climbing at Pilot Mountain State Park?
Please observe all state park climbing regulations at all times:
- All climbers must register with the park staff and must keep in their possession a valid rock climbing and rappelling permit.
NC state parks do not install or maintain any climbing route or fixed anchors. New routes are not permitted.
- Climbers climb at their own risk and are responsible for obtaining proper equipment and training. Unroped climbing is discouraged.
- Route selection and the decision to rely on any fixed anchors are the climber’s responsibility.
- Climbing activities are permitted in designated areas only and must coincide with the park’s posted hours of operation.
- All accidents and injuries must be reported to park staff.
- All climbers and rappellers must schedule their activity in order to leave the park by the posted closing hour.
What do I need to know about the Equestrian Trail Closure Policy?
- Closing of Pilot Mountain State Park bridle trails will be considered when it rains a minimum of 0.5″ in 24 hours.
- Park staff will inspect trail conditions on the day of the closure.
- Once the trail conditions have been confirmed to not be suitable for riding, all horse trails, including the corridor trail, grassy ridge trail, and river section bridle trails will be closed to bridle use for a minimum of 3 days.
- After three days with no significant additional rain or precipitation, staff will verify trail conditions for potential opening or continued closing.
- The phone number to call for trail closure information is 336-325-2355.
- Riding on wet trails creates low spots which hold water and widens the trail resulting in extensive damage. Keeping the trails closed when wet will allow the trails to recover and prevent further damage.
What if I want to hold an event at at Pilot Mountain State Park?
Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit ($35 fee). If you’re unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity permit application or obtain one from the park office.
What other permits are required at Pilot Mountain State Park?
You may be required to obtain a research or collection permit. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.