Popular Travel Spot Mount Pilot Re-Opens After Fire

Surry County, NC - Nearby Pilot Mountain State Park is re-opening after a fire this month that burned about 675 acres.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Wednesday that the park re-opened even as mop-up efforts continue.

The principal overlook at Little Pinnacle, the climbing area and some trails remain off-limits to visitors and some damaged trees near the mountain's summit are being removed.

The park's campground, picnic area and most overlooks will be available to visitors, and portions of the trail system will be evaluated in coming days for reopening.

The blaze began November 8 as a prescribed fire that escaped lines when embers blew from a dead tree into steep terrain.

No injuries were reported from the fire.