A Travellerspoint blog

October 2020

Did Andy ever take Opie hiking to Mount Pilot?

Pilot Mountain State Park was established in 1968 and consists of almost 4000 acres about an hour NW of Greensboro; this was my first time hiking it as I prepare for the Rockies

Pilot Mountain State Park was established in 1968 and consists of almost 4000 acres about an hour NW of Greensboro; this was my first time hiking it as I prepare for the Rockies

Some of the colorful mushrooms along the hike reminded me of Chihuly glass creations; the whimsical shapes and varied colors and sizes could have been an inspiration for him

Some of the colorful mushrooms along the hike reminded me of Chihuly glass creations; the whimsical shapes and varied colors and sizes could have been an inspiration for him

Rock climbing was extremely popular with 50  people tackling the sides of Little Pinnacle (you aren't allowed to climb on Big Pinnacle which is the peak of Pilot Mountain)

Rock climbing was extremely popular with 50+ people tackling the sides of Little Pinnacle (you aren't allowed to climb on Big Pinnacle which is the peak of Pilot Mountain)

The brand new visitor's center was closed due to the pandemic; you had to take a shuttle bus (or walk) to the top of the mountain which was capacity constrained due to Covid precautions

The brand new visitor's center was closed due to the pandemic; you had to take a shuttle bus (or walk) to the top of the mountain which was capacity constrained due to Covid precautions

I have a bad bone spur on the back of my left heel that is aggravated by my hiking boots so I was trying out a new pair of hiking sandals; the shoes did OK although I did miss the ankle support from the hiking boots

I have a bad bone spur on the back of my left heel that is aggravated by my hiking boots so I was trying out a new pair of hiking sandals; the shoes did OK although I did miss the ankle support from the hiking boots

Black-eyed Susans; Andy Griffith grew up in Mt. Airy (the fictional Mayberry) which is 14 miles north of Pilot Mountain

Black-eyed Susans; Andy Griffith grew up in Mt. Airy (the fictional Mayberry) which is 14 miles north of Pilot Mountain

Named Pilot Mountain by European settlers because it served as an important and easily visible landmark, it was always called Mount Pilot on the Andy Griffith Show

Named Pilot Mountain by European settlers because it served as an important and easily visible landmark, it was always called Mount Pilot on the Andy Griffith Show

The hike I did was a loop and while the trek up the mountain at the beginning was quite crowded, the trails I took on the way down were virtually empty

The hike I did was a loop and while the trek up the mountain at the beginning was quite crowded, the trails I took on the way down were virtually empty

I hiked a couple of the trails in the river portion of Pilot Mountain State Park but they were muddy and I was the only person around; the Corridor Trail connects the mountain and river sections of the park

I hiked a couple of the trails in the river portion of Pilot Mountain State Park but they were muddy and I was the only person around; the Corridor Trail connects the mountain and river sections of the park

Pilot Mountain State Park has 1000  acres along the Yadkin River (there was a large turtle on one of the rocks in the middle of the river); the Yadkin is one of the longest rivers in NC flowing 215 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Atlantic

Pilot Mountain State Park has 1000+ acres along the Yadkin River (there was a large turtle on one of the rocks in the middle of the river); the Yadkin is one of the longest rivers in NC flowing 215 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Atlantic

I was constantly watching my feet to make sure I stepped where I wanted so I didn't do a lot of looking around but did see plenty of mushrooms; I visited on a Sunday so the park was especially crowded

I was constantly watching my feet to make sure I stepped where I wanted so I didn't do a lot of looking around but did see plenty of mushrooms; I visited on a Sunday so the park was especially crowded

Even with the new parking lot there weren't enough spaces to meet demand; when this happens rangers close the gates of the park until people leave

Even with the new parking lot there weren't enough spaces to meet demand; when this happens rangers close the gates of the park until people leave

In the foreground is Sauratown Mountain while behind it is Hanging Rock State Park where I went hiking a week ago; I think I preferred the hiking on Pilot Mountain because it was more challenging

In the foreground is Sauratown Mountain while behind it is Hanging Rock State Park where I went hiking a week ago; I think I preferred the hiking on Pilot Mountain because it was more challenging

The new shuttle service in the park just started last weekend and will run on weekends and holidays; it costs $5 round-trip or $2 one-way (who came up with that pricing?) with no cash transactions so you have to buy tickets online or via the app

The new shuttle service in the park just started last weekend and will run on weekends and holidays; it costs $5 round-trip or $2 one-way (who came up with that pricing?) with no cash transactions so you have to buy tickets online or via the app

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