Pilot Mountain, NC

Pilot Mountain, a metamorphic quartzite monadnock rising to a peak 2,421 feet (738 m) above sea level, is one of the most distinctive natural features in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is a remnant of the ancient chain of Sauratown Mountains. The Saura Indians, the region's earliest known inhabitants, called the mountain "Jomeokee", meaning "great guide".[1]

U.S. Route 52 passes through the town of Pilot Mountain near the mountain, and the city of Mount Airy is some miles farther north. Pilot Mountain is part of the A.V.A Yadkin Valley, an American Viticultural Area comprising over 50 wineries, including a few wineries in the town of Pilot Mountain.

Pilot Mountain has two distinctive features, named Big and Little Pinnacle. Big Pinnacle (also called "The Knob") has high and colorful bare rock walls, with a rounded top covered by vegetation, reaching approximately 1,400 feet (430 m) above the surrounding terrain. Visitors can take a paved road to the park visitor center and campgrounds, then up to a parking lot on the ridge. Trails from there allow access to the main Little Pinnacle Overlook and other viewing stations.

Pilot Mountain is part of Pilot Mountain State Park, which extends to the Yadkin River via a corridor of land, and it is associated with nearbyHorne Creek Living Historical Farm. The curved depression between the ridge slope to the Little Pinnacle and then to the round knob of the Big Pinnacle gives the entire mountain an even more distinctive shape from a distance. Other interesting rock formations are to the east at privately held Sauratown Mountain, and the higher complex at Hanging Rock State Park.


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Mountain View Restaurant

729 S Key St
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-9180

Soppers Restaurant

105 West Main Street
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-2325

Tlaquepaque

511 E 52 Byp
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-1900

Goodtimes Barbecue

425 E Hwy 52 Bypass
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-0008

Rigatoni’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

606 S Key St
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-3200

Cousin Gary's Family Restaurant

606 S Key St
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-1488

Aunt Bea's BBQ

632 S Key St
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-2300

Willard & Wilmoth Sandwich Shoppe

200 E Main St
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-2289

Smokin' D's Grill

511 E 52 Byp
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-3293

Taste of China

630 S Key St.
Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041

(336) 368-8825