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Pilot Mountain State Park Blue Ridge Parkway Trip
October, 2007

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Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043
(336) 325-2355
While staying at Mayberry Campground in Mt. Airy, I made a day trip to nearby Pilot Mountain State Park.
This famous knob can be seen from miles around and was used as a landmark by the Indians. They called it "The Great Guide" or "Pilot" - with it rising 1,400 feet above the valley floor, it couldn't be missed.
I wanted to check out the campground but didn't see any sites either big enough or level enough to accommodate my motorhome. It's a little more than a mile from the campground to the top, and I definitely discourage trying to do that in an RV - not only is it a small winding road, there's a pretty constant 10% grade!
At the top there are several trails ranging from moderate to strenuous. I wasn't feeling particularly strenuous that day, but was glad I went a little ways down Ledge Springs Trail. The views were amazing enough, but then I came across a church group who were teaching kids how to rappel. That's Steve at the top - with 20 years of experience climbing, he was making sure everybody stayed safe. The kid going over the edge here (Adam) is 10 years old and this was his first time. Like all young boys, he seemed pretty fearless and acted like a pro!
I was glad to see the girls give it a go, too. Here's Jordan, 13 years old. She had a bit of a hard time at first when her glove got caught in the rope, but she made it down fine. You go girl!
Rhyne, age 14, got tired of the traditional way quickly, and went down face first. My heart was in my throat and the pucker factor was high just watching him!
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