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Pilot-Mountain is a small town located in Surry County in the northwest portion of the state. This peaceful little community of approximately 1,300 is believed to be the inspiration for the fictional town of "Mt. Pilot" on the popular television series, "The Andy Griffith Show." It is named for the unusual geological formation of the same name located nearby that has become the towns landmark. The mountain rises to a peak of 2,421 feet above sea level and is one of the most distinctive natural features in the state. It has two distinct pinnacles named Big and Little Pinnacle. Trails on the mountain lead to Little Pinnacle and the Jomeokee Trail leads around the base of Big Pinnacle, but Big Pinnacle itself is closed to climbing. Other interesting geological formations can be seen nearby at Hanging Rock State Park. The town of Pilot Mountain is also home to Pilot Mountain State Park, which extends to the Yadkin River. A portion of the Yadkin River Canoe Trail meanders through the park past two small islands that are 45 and 15 acres in size. You can reach the islands by canoe, horseback or wading on foot (the water here is broad and shallow.) Many other activities and events are available in Pilot Mountain State Park, from camping and fishing, to astronomy lessons and kite workshops.

Surrounding areas: Wilkesboro, North Carolina (6.0 mi), Roaring Gap, North Carolina (21.7 mi), Laurel Springs, North Carolina (24.2 mi), Lake Hickory, North Carolina (26.0 mi), Deep Gap, North Carolina (26.3 mi), Sparta, North Carolina (28.4 mi), Fleetwood, North Carolina (28.5 mi)

Pilot Mountain Vacation Rentals

Pilot Mountain Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Addison InnUS Hwy 421 NorthWilkesboro, NC6.0 mi.(336) 838-1000
Lowe's MotelHwy 421aWilkesboro, NC6.0 mi.(336) 838-4186
Quality InnUS 421 & 268 BypWilkesboro, NC6.0 mi.(910) 667-2176
Hampton Inn Wilkesboro1300 Collegiate DrWilkesboro, NC6.6 mi.(336) 838-5000
Holiday Inn Express1700 Winkler StWilkesboro, NC7.5 mi.(336) 838-1800
Comfort Inn1633 Winston RdJonesville, NC16.2 mi.(336) 835-9400
Days Inn1540 NC 67 HwyJonesville, NC16.2 mi.(336) 526-6777
Hampton Inn Jonesville/Elkin NC1632 NC Hwy 67Jonesville, NC16.2 mi.(336) 835-1994
Holiday Inn Express1713 NC 67 HwyJonesville, NC16.2 mi.(336) 835-6000
Holiday InnIntersection I77 & Hwy 67Jonesville, NC16.2 mi.(919) 835-6000
Super 8 Motel5601 US Hwy 21Jonesville, NC16.2 mi.(800) 800-8000
Days Inn Of Statesville703 Gaither RdStatesville, NC22.7 mi.(704) 872-9891
Sleep Inn125 Turnersburg HwyStatesville, NC22.7 mi.(704) 878-2400
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites740 Sullivan RdStatesville, NC22.9 mi.(704) 872-4101
Travelodge725 Sullivan RdStatesville, NC22.9 mi.(704) 873-5236
Quality Inn715 Sullivan RdStatesville, NC23.0 mi.(704) 878-2721
Days Inn Yadkinville220 Sharon DrYadkinville, NC23.3 mi.(336) 679-5000
Cline's In-town Motel1323 W Front StStatesville, NC23.5 mi.(704) 872-2748
Baymont Inn & Suites1214 Greenland DrStatesville, NC24.1 mi.(704) 873-2044
Fairfield Inn1505 E Broad StStatesville, NC24.1 mi.(704) 878-2091
Hampton Inn Statesville NC1508 Cinema DrStatesville, NC24.1 mi.(704) 883-8380
Holiday Inn Statesville I-771215 E Garner Bagnal BlvdStatesville, NC24.1 mi.(704) 878-9691
Microtel Inn & Suites109 Landson DrStatesville, NC24.1 mi.(704) 881-0353
Red Roof Inn #1131508 E Broad StStatesville, NC24.1 mi.(704) 878-2051
Super 8 Motel1125 Greenland DrStatesville, NC24.1 mi.(800) 800-8000
Cliff Dwellers Inn116 Lakeview TerBlowing Rock, NC24.2 mi.(828) 295-3121
Americas Best Value Inn1023 Salisbury RdStatesville, NC25.0 mi.(704) 872-5215
Howard Johnson Lodge1209 Monroe StStatesville, NC25.2 mi.(704) 878-9691
Super 8 Motel-claremont3054 N Oxford StClaremont, NC26.4 mi.(828) 459-7777
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites104 10TH St NWConover, NC27.1 mi.(828) 465-7070
The Jameson Inn350 Wilkesboro BlvdLenoir, NC27.8 mi.(828) 758-1200
Comfort Inn970 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC27.9 mi.(828) 754-2090
Days Inn206 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC28.1 mi.(828) 754-0731
Ramada LTD142 Wilkesboro Blvd SeLenoir, NC28.1 mi.(828) 758-4403
Alleghany Inn531 N Main StSparta, NC28.6 mi.(336) 372-2501
R & R HideawayHwy 18 Wilksboro BlvdLenoir, NC28.9 mi.(828) 754-5600
Comfort Suites1125 13TH Ave Dr SeHickory, NC29.2 mi.(828) 323-1211
Courtyard By Marriott Hickory1946 13th Ave Dr SeHickory, NC29.2 mi.(800) 321-2211
Fairfield Inn1950 13th Ave Dr SEHickory, NC29.2 mi.(828) 431-3000
Hampton Inn1520 13TH Ave Dr SEHickory, NC29.2 mi.(828) 323-1150

Pilot Mountain Weather & Climate

The foothills region of the Blue Ridge Mountains has a four-season, mild climate. Temperatures are warmer in winter than the High Country, and cooler in summer than the low lying areas. Spring has mild days and cool nights with some rainy days. Summer is warm and humid with scattered afternoon thunderstorms, but temperatures rarely rise above 90 degrees. Conditions cool down by October, but days are still warm and nights are cool, and it's the driest period. It's perfect weather for viewing the spectacular fall foliage. In winter, the high mountains protect the area and there is seldom a major snowfall. Highs even in the middle of winter range in the 40s and 50s. Nighttime lows are normally at or below freezing. In the lowlands, snows of about 1" occur about 1-5 times a year. Snow falls more frequently at higher elevations, and most snow falls in January and February.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 23°F 4.42 in. -
February 51°F 25°F 3.93 in. -
March 60°F 32°F 4.85 in. -
April 70°F 39°F 4.40 in. -
May 78°F 49°F 4.68 in. -
June 85°F 58°F 4.44 in. -
July 88°F 63°F 4.29 in. -
August 87°F 61°F 4.24 in. -
September 80°F 54°F 4.45 in. -
October 71°F 40°F 3.82 in. -
November 60°F 32°F 3.54 in. -
December 50°F 25°F 3.62 in. -

Pilot Mountain Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located about 47 miles east of Pilot Mountain in Winston - Salem, North Carolina, the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located approximately 61 miles south of Pilot Mountain in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO) located roughly 63 miles east of Pilot Mountain in Greensboro, North Carolina, and finally the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located around 65 miles southwest of Pilot Mountain in Shelby, North Carolina.

Pilot Mountain Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersConcordNC55.0 mi.
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC61.4 mi.
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC71.6 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC70.7 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC71.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Rock Creek Country ClubNorth WilkesboroNC5.2 mi.
Brushy Mountain Country ClubTaylorsvilleNC13.3 mi.
Cedar Lake Golf CourseJonesvilleNC16.0 mi.
Countryside Golf ClubElkinNC16.4 mi.
Greenstreet Mountain Golf ClubTraphillNC17.0 mi.
Silo Run Golf CourseBoonvilleNC22.8 mi.
Yadkin Country ClubYadkinvilleNC23.8 mi.
Fox Den Country ClubStatesvilleNC24.4 mi.
Lakewood Golf ClubStatesvilleNC24.4 mi.
North Carolina National Golf ClubStatesvilleNC24.4 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf ClubStatesvilleNC24.4 mi.
Marion Lake Golf ClubNeboNC24.9 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf CourseJamestownNC26.2 mi.
Beaver Creek Golf CourseDobsonNC28.3 mi.
Rock Barn Club of GolfConoverNC28.4 mi.
Country Acres Golf ClubLenoirNC28.6 mi.
Lenoir Golf CourseLenoirNC28.6 mi.
Granada Farms Country ClubGranite FallsNC29.1 mi.
Orchard Hills Golf CourseGranite FallsNC29.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC42.7 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC44.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC44.8 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC84.6 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV103.2 mi.
State Parks
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC14.8 mi. 
Stone Mountain State ParkNC20.3 mi. 
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC30.1 mi. 
Duke Powder State ParkNC31.1 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC33.7 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC37.4 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC37.6 mi. 
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC29.2 mi.(Art)
DoorsAdvanceNC38.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Historic Latta PlantationHuntersvilleNC49.1 mi.(History)
Schiele Museum of Natural HistoryGastoniaNC58.0 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC75.5 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC89.7 mi.
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA102.6 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC113.6 mi.

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