Pilot Mountain, with its distinct rocky pinnacle, is visible from miles away, beckoning travelers to visit. There are three ways to see the summit. The first is to drive to the summit. There is a parking lot at the summit and it's just a short, easy walk to the Little Pinnacle Overlook for fantastic views of the Big Pinnacle, surrounding countryside, and Sauratown Mountain and Hanging Rock in the distance. The Jomeokee Trail, an easy, less-than-a-mile, trail around the Big Pinnacle is here as well, and definitely worth the hike. It's not until you're walking around the Big Pinnacle and looking up at the cliff faces that you realize how big the pinnacle is. Now that's the easy way. But what's the fun in driving to the top of the mountain? Alternately, park at the visitor center at the base of the mountain and follow the blue blazes for the Grindstone Trail. The trail leads from the visitor center to the campground before beginning a challenging ascent up the mountain. After about two miles, the trail splits with left continuing on Grindstone Trail and right being Ledge Springs Trail (yellow blaze). Both trails are steep, but the Ledge Springs Trail is a much more scenic route. The trail passes along cliff faces popular with rock climbers and most of the ascent is accomplished by massive stone steps. At the end of the trail, turn left to go around the Big Pinnacle on Jomeokee Trail or right to go back to the parking lot and Little Pinnacle Overlook. Lastly, and my favorite route, is to park at the Corridor Trail parking and hike up the Mountain Trail (red blaze). This is the most scenic trail up the mountain and meets up with the Ledge Springs Trail just past the split described previously. It's easy to get off the Mountain Trail so pay close attention to the blazes.
This trail is about 45 minutes with moderately sloped path along the bottom of the knub.
There are tall and impressive cliffs along the path.
The park has about 13 trails on the North and South regions of the park.
Grindstone trail is rated moderate/strenouous for 2miles one -way. This is a sloped trail from the summit area to campgrounds. The is a nice trail with vegetation changing slightly with elevation.