Pilot Mountain State Park
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Very nice spot to spend a day. Bus ride takes you to the top, to the overlook. 5$ ride (2 miles) is worth it if you are with small kids or old people. Or else you can take trails to reach the top. Views from overlook points are stunning. Carry the binoculars if you into birding, lots of opportunities to spot raptors and other birds. Visitor center has clean restrooms and even at the top restrooms and water refill points are available. We did not visit the river section of the park but will visit next time. Mountain section is definitely worth the visit. No food available at the visitor center or at the top. I did not spot any vending machines either. Carry whatever you need with you.
Robert J. Woldhuis
My wife and I are from Michigan and really didn't know what to expect upon arriving but we were very impressed! The campsites are beautiful and well spaced apart. You are never too far from a water spigot or the bathrooms. The bathrooms have a few urinals, 5 stalls and 5 showers. There is no electricity on the campground area sites. All sorts of different trails around here with some really great hikes that offer some amazing views. We did the 2 mi up the grindstone Trail and got a good workout in. Once you get to the top the views are breathtaking. Everyone we encountered on the trail was very friendly and we would love to return here again.
We took the *OPTIONAL* $5 shuttle to the top of the mountain (if parking is not full, you are able to drive to the top). Very smooth and relaxing ride up, and we were very glad we went. It was not extremely busy, and there are tons of spots to stop and take pictures. There are also several trails available once you get to the top, including one that lets you hike all the way around the pinnacle! Highly reccomend the trip. Lots of educational information available as well! The shuttle ride back down the mountain is free.
Even after the fire Pilot Mountain State Park is still a gem! The Grindstone Trail is somewhat steep however is you are in reasonable physical shape it is a fun hike. Be sure to take water, especially if you take your dogs. The views from the top are breathtaking however the hike up is gorgeous. Be sure to wear boots the protect your ankles because there are rocks that could be foot twisters if you do not step carefully. Plan on about four hours to hike up and back and still have time to enjoy the view.
Beautiful overlooks you can drive right up to. The fire savage is evident but many places have been repaired, only one overlook was still closed and being worked on. The short one mile loop is hard to walk unless you can handle stairs (and climbing over rocks) for most of that mile, but the views are spectacular. Keep any kids close!! There are bathrooms at the top parking lot, and rock climbing areas as well.