This segment of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail is maintained by the Sauratown Trails Association. Unlike much of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, much of the length of this segment is open to horseback riding. This trail segment is located in Stokes and Surry Counties in north-central North Carolina, crossing some of the most scenic areas of the NC Piedmont. It begins in the west at Pilot Mountain State Park, following the Corridor Trail for the first 6.6 miles. The trail then follows the Mountain Trail, Ledge Springs Trail and Grindstone Trail, completing a wide curve around the southern, western and northern flanks of the mountain, before exiting the park.
The next part of this trail segment follows the Sauratown Trail, winding through forest and working farmland. Much of this segment is on private lands, and is open due to their generosity. Please be respectful to the landowners by following Leave No Trace principles. Additionally, there are some sections of the trail that require navigating portions of road. Please travel safely, watching for traffic while traversing these sections.
At the eastern end of Segment 7, the a trail enters Hanging Rock State Park following the Ruben Mountain Trail and Tory’s Den Trail. The trail then ascends to the highest point in the Sauratown Mountains at Moore’s Knob, ascending the Moore’s Wall Loop Trail to the fire tower lookout, which provides extensive views from the NC Piedmont to the Blue Ridge. The trail descends Moore’s Knob and the trail segment ends at the Hanging Rock Visitor Center parking lot.
Features Birding, Fall Colors, Lake, Swimming, Views, Waterfall, Wildlife
Restrictions The trail is can be closed during hunting season in North Carolina from late November through Dec 31st. No Dogs on Sauratown Trail.
Contacts Local Club: Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail (FMST)