The Town of Pilot Mountain is home to Pilot Mountain State Park, which is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountains. The Saura Indians who inhabited the area knew Pilot Mountain as Jomeokee, the “Pilot” or “Great Guide”. The Cherokee Indians eventually drove the Saura Indians out of the area. Pilot Mountain became the 14th State Park in 1968 when it was purchased from Mrs. J.W. Beasley. Pilot Mountain State Park is made up of 3,703 acres of land, which preserves the natural resources of North Carolina.
Today thousands visit our rapidly growing town and state park. Admission to the park is free with an elevation of 2420 feet.
The Town of Pilot Mountain is best recognized as "Mt. Pilot" from the Andy Griffith show. Andy made numerous references to travel to this wonderful place the locals simply know as "Pilot". You too can visit Pilot and its wonderful people and attractions.
Pilot Mountain is home to only 1,282 residents, but offers amenities exclusive to more metropolitan areas. The schools inside the town limits include an elementary, middle and high school. Each are recognized "Schools of Excellence". A satellite campus for Surry Community College is located inside the downtown area, offering skilled classes, GED and curriculum courses. The downtown also boasts the state-of-the-art Edward M Armfield Civic Center housing an olympic size indoor pool, several workout rooms, a full size enclosed basketball court and walking track. Adjacent to the property is the Pilot Mountain Park, decorated with miles of walking and hiking trails, and wildlife habitats. And to promote green transit, Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation [PART] has two hard-top pick up locations inside the town limits for daily commuters working throughout the Piedmont Triad. Pilot Mountain provides a comfortable offering of amenities for its residents.