From sun-dappled oak forests to sheer quartzite cliffs, Pilot Mountain State Park showcases the natural beauty of the Old North State. The park's signature mountain soars more than 2,000 feet over the North Carolina hills and has served as a local landmark for centuries. It's one of four peaks in the Sauratown Mountains range, and, while today it anchors Pilot Mountain State Park, in the past it served as a waymark for nomadic Native American tribes and Moravian settlers.
There are plenty of ways to explore the 3,700-acre park, from family-friendly hiking trails and scenic lookouts to picturesque paddling routes and adrenaline-fueled rock-climbing routes. If you want to stay the night, a primitive campground offers a unique chance to sleep under the stars in Pilot Mountain State Park. Planning a getaway to the Southeast? From big rigs to compact campers, RV rentals in Surry County make it easy to discover this pocket of North Carolina. The park also straddles Yadkin County, so why not rent an RV in Yadkinville?
Scenic trails wind through Pilot Mountain State Park and promise beautiful scenery and a sense of adventure. An easy 100-yard walk from the parking lot, Little Pinnacle Overlook commands sweeping views over the valley. For a more strenuous hike, reach the summit via the Grindstone Trail. From the top, you'll be rewarded with sweeping views over the Piedmont Plateau, the Sauratown Range, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Welcoming horseback riders and hikers alike, the six-mile Corridor Trail connects the mountain and river zones of Pilot Mountain State Park. Along the way, you'll pass by steep cliffs, narrow ravines, and lush rhododendron groves. Like to work up a sweat on your motorhome camping trips? Thanks to the rugged geology, Pilot Mountain State Park boasts some of the most challenging rock-climbing routes in North Carolina.
Bring your own canoe and you can explore the Yadkin River Canoe Trail, which flows through Pilot Mountain State Park. Take it slow and allow time to admire the towering sycamores and secluded islands. In the summer months, Pilot Mountain State Park hosts engaging nature programs geared towards kids, including snake hunts, insect safaris, and geology workshops.
Camping at Pilot Mountain State Park
Shaded by oaks and hickories, the 42-site Family Campground at Pilot Mountain State Park offers plenty of space and privacy. All sites feature picnic tables, grills, and fire pits to maximize your time outdoors — pick up firewood from the campground host, and don't forget your s'mores ingredients. Feeling adventurous? Why not spend the night at one of the secluded canoe-in sites?
There are no electric or water hookups at the primitive-style campground, which makes Pilot Mountain a great option for an off-the-grid RV camping getaway. That said, you'll still enjoy creature comforts such as modern bathhouses and drinking water. There's no sanitation station, but you'll have access to a community dumpster.
All sites are back-in and can accommodate RV rentals of up to 38 feet in length. Like many state park RV campgrounds, Pilot Mountain is pet-friendly. Just be sure to keep your dog leashed and always supervise your buddy. Generators are allowed so long as you respect quiet time. If you prefer a full-frills motorhome camping experience, make reservations at the Fancy Gap / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA in Carroll County, VA. The park can easily accommodate larger rigs up to 75 feet in length and offers full-hookup sites.
Exploring the Area
On the southern border of the park, Horne Creek Farm offers a glimpse of life on the Piedmont Plateau in the early 1900s. The open-air museum is anchored by a historic farmhouse filled with antiques and colonial artifacts. Strolling around the grounds, you can peer into the smokehouse, tobacco barn, and corn-crib, and wander through the apple orchard. Special events include sheep shearing demonstrations, corn shucking contests, craft fairs, and pie baking competitions.
Fertile soil and lashings of sunshine make North Carolina a seventh heaven for winemakers. Sipping your way through Yadkin Valley Wine Country will reveal gems like JOLO Winery & Vineyards. Sample award-winning blends in the tasting room and enjoy lunch on the sun-drenched outdoor patio.
For gas, groceries and other motorhome camping supplies, head five minutes north to the town of Pilot Mountain. Winston-Salem is the closest major city, a 30-minute drive down the Pilot Mountain Parkway. You're also a two-hour drive from the North Carolina state capital, which makes Pilot Mountain State Park a great option for urbanites wanting to camp in an RV near Raleigh.