The Heart of the Yadkin Valley
Just 1.5 Miles off highway 52, Downtown Pilot Mountain offers travelers a great launching point to “pilot” the Yadkin Valley. The Yadkin Valley A.V.A. boasts over 40 wineries. Pilot Mountain is steeped in Mid-Atlantic history. There has been a settlement along Tom’s Creek, near the Pilot Mountain, for well over 200 years. Records dating back to 1761 document the existence of early settlers. The hamlet was called Hollows, Hog Wallow, Tom’s Creek and Pilotville, before the name Pilot Mountain was adopted.
The "Pilot" Mountain
A dramatic remnant of prehistoric North America, the Pilot Mountain has been used for centuries as a landmark for Native Americans, explorers, settlers, and travelers. Native Americans called the mountain Jomeokee, which means “Great Guide” or “Pilot.”
In 1751, the mountain was mapped by Joshua Frye and Peter Jefferson (father of Thomas Jefferson). Geologically, it is a quartzite monadnock, which began forming nearly a billion years ago when this area was a lonely, stormy beach.
The Pilot Mountain has a combination of geological, botanical, ornithological, and scenic attributes which make it of exceptional interest. It became part of the North Carolina State Park system in 1968, and was dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976.