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Pilot Mountain, North Carolina - A Beautiful Place to Visit!
Wow; is this one fantastic place or what? The beauty leaves you breathless.
Even if heights do not bother you this is a breathless beauty! Every season is equally beautiful from this mountain.
Known to many as Mount Pilot from the Andy Griffith show; honoring this great mountain that was not only a guide for planes but travelers as far back as civilization; who used this odd deformity to gauge their whereabouts.
The Moravian I have written about in other historic North Carolina articles were also a part of this area’s past.
Happy Little Clouds
Set off the beautiful sky.
What a very beautiful day I had to take pictures. Happy little clouds just everywhere! You almost feel like you can reach out and touch them on days like this! There is no picture to do it justice; you have to see it for yourself to realize the breath taking beauty for yourself.
The walkways and paths are wide and pretty easy to walk. The wood fence protectors at each stop are solid and strong besides being very pretty.
There is some steepness in the last few yards to see straight over to the peak but there are points lower down you can also see it but nothing so beautiful as from the top!
If and when you do visit; bring drinks or a picnic for there are tables at the top in private areas away from the rock and you can stay longer to really enjoy and make it worthwhile.
There is no fee of course and there is an information center on the road up to the overlook with nice, clean restrooms.
I took my mother here and she usually felt pretty bad with arthritis and it was hard to get her to try much but she fell in love with this mountaintop too and all the beauty. I am so glad I did bring her to give it a try. It will always be a wonderful memory tied to this beautiful place.
(To my knowledge no one has ever been hurt or fell from this mountain but I would be ever so careful of hyperactive children here. This only comes to mind because of a tale another visitor told me about her grandchildren being there with her daughter and apparently she did not see any reason to warn the children about climbing up on the fences and not going outside of them and it made for such a scary event she told me that she simply left her daughter not managing her children or caring to because she could not watch it another minute. So grandparents, be warned!)
Only seeing is believing.
Do you think you would like to see Pilot Mountain?
I watched old Andy shows and heard of Mount Pilot so many times. It was big city to them and so imagine my surprise when I visited Pilot Mountain the town and Mt Airy where Andy was actually born.
We visited Aunt Bee’s which I cannot give a recommendation to, I am sorry, but you may want to find where Andy still has occasion to have his favorite pork chop. (Written before Andy passed on.)
We southerners are proud of all our plain simple folk that have made it big in this dirty old world with their niceness and southern charm!
So taking in all these sites of ones from long ago and the Moravian I have before written about has been a real adventure that I have enjoyed a few years now and it never ceases to thrill me.
The valley below
Andy Taylor's Mount Pilot
Nearly everyone remembers the “Andy Griffith Show” and the town of Mayberry. The show aired on CBS for 8 years beginning in 1960. It pictured an idyllic town set in rural North Carolina where, even if things went wrong, they always worked out. MtPilot was the slightly larger and more sophisticated town "just up the road a'piece" from Mayberry.
Yes, there actually is a town called Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. We live near the small mountain called Pilot Mountain, just down the road from Mount Airy, the birthplace and hometown of the actor Andy Griffith. By many accounts, Mount Airy was the source for the fictional town of Mayberry.
Thanks to "The Andy Griffith Show", many folks think of Pilot Mountain (Mt Pilot) as a place synonymous with a common sense, down-home point of view that keeps us on the right track. That attitude is in keeping with the way folks around here have always felt about the Mountain.
In 1751, this mountain was mapped by Joshua Frye and Peter Jefferson (the father of Thomas Jefferson). Geologically, it is a quartzite monadnock, which began forming nearly a billion years ago when this area was merely a beach.
Rock at Top
Pilot Mountain, NC
On Thursday November 8, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. EST authorities started a controlled burn meant to burn brush in a 180 acre area. This burn was meant to burn until 4:00 PM, however embers jumped the fire line and started a fire on the other side. As a result, the fire quickly grew out of control. Over 500 acres of forest on the mountain burned as authorities scrambled to build a new fire line to prevent the blaze from reaching the bottom of the mountain.
This mountain has high bare rock walls, with a round top covered in plant life, going over 1400 feet higher than all around it. You can see just some of the breathtaking beauty from these pictures I have taken high in the sky; that changes with every season of course.I think I do prefer the fall for all the stark contrasts in colors and the magic of seeing a carpet of leaves on the ground matching the leaves in the trees. When the sun hits it there is a golden glow that you really must see to believe!
The birds love to fly and dive as our entertainment each and every time, no matter the season. You go and you never want to leave.
The road is uphill and winding and just a little frightening for me to meet another car although I am sure it has never been a problem I do have this problem looking down over embankments and mountains when I am driving; well or even if I am not!
The overlook is the only place you have the heights and curves so if you have those fears, there is still plenty to enjoy. I manage for it doesn't take ten minutes up or down and even I can manage that!
There are trails for hikers, horseback and canoe with miles to explore and drinking water and restrooms anywhere you go. The picnic grounds in the Yadkin River section of the park are about a half mile from the edge of the river.
Picnic areas also are located in an open area along Horne Creek which is adjacent with these park grounds and a fantastic new find all by itself, recapturing the past. There is fishing and hunting here also.
No one who comes south will ever forget it, and especially the true Carolinian's. We have something very special besides total honesty and charm. Come and enjoy the fun, the beauty and the southern hospitality!
Y'all come soon now, hear?
Pilot Mountain State Park, Surry County NC
Beautiful view of the mountaintop. Almost like being there.
© 2011 Jackie Lynnley