The Best of NC State Parks: VIEWS OF PLANET EARTH (Pilot Mountain)


Hello THOGers!

Join me on a strenuous hike to the top of one of the most recognizable landmarks in North Carolina. Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain was known to the native Saura Indians, the earliest known inhabitants of the region, as Jomeokee, the "Great Guide" or "Pilot."

We will hike about 10 miles in a long loop that will include Mountain trail, Grindstone trail, Ledge Spring trail and Jomeokee (Pinnacle) trail. There will be some pretty steep uphill and downhill sections. We will come all the way from the base to the top and see cliffs and some breathtaking views from under the Big Pinnacle.

This is going to be a good exercise for strong hikers as well as folks who want to get into a better physical shape.

On Saturday morning we will meet in Chapel Hill at 8AM and then carpool to the park (1.5 hours). Once there, we will start our hike from the Visitor's center. Details and GPS coordinates of the meeting place will be provided to the participants prior to the event.

We will have breaks along the way and then stop at the Little Pinnacle area for lunch. We will finish our hike before 4PM and then drive back to RTP.

We should be back to Chapel Hill by 6 PM.


• Layers of warm clothes, it will be windy at the top.
• Water (~ 2 liters/person)
• Comfortable hiking shoes or boots
• Snack and lunch


I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Triangle Hiking & Outdoors Group (THOG), all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that THOG organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety.

Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above.


This hike is a part of THE BEST OF NC STATE PARKS event series. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state parks by hiking beautiful parks all over the state.

Pick up your passport at a State park or order one on-line for free using this link ( share the fun! Read more about the passport program here ( It's not required to participate in the event, but might be a good way to learn more about the parks. Join me on this adventure, collect stamps and explore our beautiful state.