Hunting Season Dates...
Archery - Sept. 13th through Nov. 7th
Black powder - Nov. 8th through Nov. 21st
Gun - Nov. 22nd through Jan. 1st
Although the trails aren't closed during archery season, please be alert to hunters in the area and wear bright colors for safety's sake.
Trails close Nov.8th through Jan. 1st
Section 15 is now Open!!
Sauratown Trail Section 15 (Old Winston Road to the US-52 overpass near
Pilot Mtn.) is open again to equestrian riders and hikers!!!
With this reopening, the Sauratown Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail can be taken from Pilot Mountain State Park to NC-66. There is one road detour still in effect from NC-66 to Mickey Road, due to the closure of Sauratown Trail Sections 2 & 3. Section 1 (Tory's Den Parking Lot to Mickey Road) and the James Booth Trail (AKA: The Booth Loop) are also open.
Yadkin River Trail Railroad Tracks closed to horses
NOTICE: The railroad tracks along the Yadkin river are closed to crossing by horses. Riders can still access the river from Yadkin County (East Bend). Due to a legal agreement with the railroad, the railroad crossing on the north (Surry County) side of the Yadkin River is closed to crossing and riding by horses. The property is owned by the railroad and not the state park. Please respect the landowner's wishes, failure to do so is considered trespassing. Riders can still ride out and back to the islands from the south (Yadkin County) side of the river, but must stop on the northernmost big island (Fishing Island). More information on the details of the closing
- Please do not bring dogs on the trail with you. Your dogs can go over to the neighbors and pick fights with their dogs . This creates ill feelings with the landowners who then may decide they don't want the trail on their land anymore. Please remember the Sauratown Trail crosses private property and we need to respect the landowner wishes in order to keep the trail open. Thanks!
- If there are any groups that want to plan an organized ride or hike please meet with STA members at least 60 days ahead of the date to discuss requirements.
Sections 2 & 3 are currently closed
Sections 2 & 3 (between Mickey Road and NC-66) are permanently closed to all users.
A road detour is available for thru-hikers, but it is not appropriate for equestrians. The detour involves NC-66, which is a very curvy road with fast traffic and little road shoulder.
STA is working to establish a new trail route for this area, and help will eventually be needed with trail construction. If you are interested in helping work on the trail, please contact us about being placed on our trail work email list. STA is sorry for any inconvenience this may cause trail users.
To be done:
Section 8, some of our signs and blazes are missing. The transition between 7 & 8 isn't clear. Section 7 is currently being re-routed due to the landowners request.
These maintenence issues will be addressed on upcoming workdays.
If you are on any of the Sauratown Trails and run into a problem of downed trees or washed out trails, please let us know. (See 'About Us' page.)