I headed out for a late day cruise. I didn't intend for it to be over 70 miles in length. My route took me through the communities of Bethania, Pinnacle and Pilot Mountain. Beautiful scenery is what has made this one of my favorite areas to ride in for many years. The temperature was nice and it worked out OK since I got back just before dark.
|A hazy view of Pilot Mountain on the road to Pinnacle, NC|
The Town of Pinnacle, NCThe town was originally known as Culler, named for Emanuel W. Culler who owned the land on which a railroad station was built and served as the towns first mayor. The present name was adopted in 1894. Pinnacle was incorporated in 1901 but the charter was repealed in 1903.
The Town of Pilot Mountain
The Town of Pilot Mountain is home to Pilot Mountain State Park, which is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountains. The Saura Indians who inhabited the area knew Pilot Mountain as Jomeokee, the "Pilot"or "Great Guide". The Cherokee Indians eventually drove the Saura Indians out of the area.
The Town of Pilot Mountain is best recognized as "Mt. Pilot" from the Andy Griffith show. Andy made numerous references to travel to this wonderful place the locals simply know as "Pilot".
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|The north side of Pilot Mountain|
|Horses grazing at the base of Pilot Mountain|
|A herd of sheep outside of Tobbacoville, NC|