HIKING PILOT KNOB TRAIL Pilot Knob State Park Pinnacle, NC

Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller

Date: July 30, 2023

We left the top of Little Pinnacle and descended a little saddle to the base of nearby Big Pinnacle. Wildflowers, black-eyed Susans, trees and shrubs covered both sides of the short connector trail. The 1.1-mile trail circled the giant knob looking rock. Walls of bare, sheer rock rose over 200 feet to the top which was covered by vegetation. The Big Pinnacle is a sanctuary for nesting ravens and raptors and as we hiked, we could see the large birds circling overhead in the updrafts. The trail was tight, rocky and had occasional wildflowers. Completing the circle trail around the base, we re-connected with the saddle trail and ascended across to Little Pinnacle. We then hiked a short distance on Pilot Creek Trail which ascends all the way down the mountain through a forest of trees to the visitor center.

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