The Sauratown Trail is a unique 25 mile bridle and hiking trail that connects Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain State Parks. It is an official section of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and is maintained by the Sauratown Trails Association. Our trail is unique because we rely on the generosity of private landowners who allow us to build, use and maintain trails on their property. The trails may be used by all horseback riders and hikers regardless of whether or not they are a STA member. The trails are located in Stokes and Surry County in north-central North Carolina.
Trails are open when...
The Sauratown Trails are open most of the year to all horseback riders and hikers. Bikes and motorized vehicles are not allowed. For your safety, the trails are closed only during deer hunting season (November to January 1st) and wet, muddy conditions. When Pilot Mtn.State Park and Hanging Rock State Park close their trails due to wet weather, Sauratown Trails are also closed. Please check the State Park websites for trail closure notices if there is any question.Pilot Mtn State Park
Hanging Rock State Park
Parking Lot Directions
Currently there are 4 parking areas for horse trailers and cars. They are listed here in order of largest to smallest.
Camping on the trail is not allowed, however, there are several locations near the trail where you can stable your horse or put up a tent and camp overnight for a small fee. Please check directly with the campground owners for availability and fees.
Laura and Tricia riding on trail section 13