Pilot Mountain State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock may have the gall to claim the name, but Pilot Mountain is the definitive monadnock in this state or any other. Pilot is an outlier of the Sauratown Mountains that includes Hanging Rock State Park. Hikers can’t
actually reach the Big Pinnacle summit of Pilot Mountain (2,420 feet). This quartzite plug has been so resistant to erosion that it is surrounded by an uninterrupted rampart of cliffs.
At one time, prior to its 1968 establishment as North Carolina’s fourteenth state park, the peak was a commercial tourist attraction and hikers could climb to the top. That activity was ended to preserve the many raven- and raptor-nesting sites. Nevertheless, there are excellent viewpoints on Little Pinnacle (a perfect perch from which to watch the September and October hawk migration), and a trail encircles the base of the Big Pinnacle cliffs."