Near: Pilot Mountain, NC
Route: Jomeokee Tr, 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.
We parked in the lot located a mere .8 miles from the actual pinnacle of Pilot Mountain and were surrounded by folks. With this being a state park and providing very easy access to the top, it's definitely a popular tourist spot. Even with the crowded parking lot, once we wandered off the Jomeokee Trail, we found some solitude. I will say, there were a bunch of rock climbers set up in various spots around the nipple doing there thing. If you are into climbing, I would definitely suggest this as a destination.
Anyway, we wandered around, did some bouldering and actually lost an ass-mat up there bushwhacking a bit. The Ledge Spring Trail has some rocks and ladders, which are always fun! Overall, 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, so this is mainly a spot for day hikes or rock climbing sessions.
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 to the Visitor Center at the park or get a look here.