Sauratown Trails Association
is temporarily closed. Section 15 is the section of trail
located between Pilot Mountain State Park and Old Winston
Please use the following detour:
Heading east, away from Pilot Mountain State Park and the
Highway 52 overpass:
Follow Pilot Knob Park Rd for 1.1 miles until you reach the
intersection of Old Winston Rd. Turn left onto Old Winston
Rd. Continue on for 3/4 of a mile and turn right onto Coon
Rd. Trail Head is on the right just pass the railroad
Heading west from Old Winston Rd Parking Lot:
Turn left onto Old Winston Rd and continue on for 3/4 of a
mile. Then turn right onto Pilot Knob Park Rd and continue
on for 1.1 miles. Trail head will be on your left just under
the Highway 52 overpass.
will be timbered in the near future. We will post here and
on Facebook when this will happen, but for now it is still
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 Counties 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) and wet, muddy conditions. When Pilot Mtn State Park closes their trails due to wet weather, Sauratown Trails are also closed. Please check the State Park website for trail closure notices if there is any question.
Parking Lot Directions
Currently there are 5 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 the websites below for availability and fees.
- Mountain Trail Stables
- Pilot Knob Inn
- Bregman's Trail Riding
- Jomeokee Campgrounds (people camping only)
- You can also camp at the state parks listed above if you are hiking only
Laura and Tricia riding on trail section 13