Good morning from North Carolina! Luke and I are officially moved into our new house in Winston-Salem, where Luke is attending Wake Forest Law School. Although it rained for almost a week straight after we arrived, the sun finally came out this past weekend, and with it came a bit of cooler weather. The first nice morning we got, we headed to Pilot Mountain for a hike!
Pilot Mountain is a stand alone mountain that is only about 25 minutes from downtown Winston (and only 20 from our house!). It makes for a great day trip for anyone in the area wanting to hike, or just drive up and take in the beautiful view. You park fairly close to the summit of the mountain (you cannot climb to the very top). From there, there are several overlooks with amazing views of North Carolina and Virginia.
There are a variety of trails that you can take from where you park. We decided to combine the 0.8 mile Jomeokee Trail and the 2.2 mile Ledge Springs Loop Trail. The two trails combined took us a little over an hour to hike. The Jomeokee Trail is rated as “moderate”. It circles the peak of Pilot Mountain. Other than a few steep steps (pictured below), the trail was an easy hike and would be great for families or older people with good balance.
It was rated as “strenuous” and it was definitely a little difficult. There are some very steep and rocky portions and a lot of uphill climbing. I had to stop and catch my breath a few times, and even Teddy got tired towards the end!
We all enjoyed the hike and I’m sure we will be back many times to do it again. Here are more pictures to showcase the beauty of Pilot Mountain!
When you get to the park entrance, follow the signs to the summit, where you will reach a parking lot. The Jomeokee Trail is off to the left, past the Little Pinnacle Overlook. The Ledge Springs Loop trail can be reached from the Jomeokee Trail or from the opposite side of the parking lot (towards the picnic tables and climbing areas).